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  • White House Roundtable: Businesses Call for Better Standardization in Government Data
  • Blog: Why Quality Data Should Inform OMB’s Government-wide Management Reform Agenda
  • ICYMI: DATA Act Summit Videos

White House Roundtable: Businesses Call for Better Standardization in Government Data

Roundtable participants gather in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building after developing recommendations for better standardization in federal government data.
On Tuesday, July 25th, the White House and the Center for Open Data Enterprise hosted the Roundtable on Open Data for Economic Growth. The Roundtable gathered representatives from industries including health care, finance, and logistics to develop recommendations on how the U.S. federal government's data can be made more accessible for private-sector use. Data Coalition participants included Executive Director Hudson Hollister, Policy Director Christian Hoehner, and member companies Experian, Esri, IBM, and Booz Allen Hamilton, which co-sponsored the event.

The White House hosts, including OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and acting federal CIO Margie Graves, encouraged Roundtable participants to explain how they use government data and how the accessibility of such data can be improved. Companies presented specific recommendations, like the universal adoption of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) across all federal regulatory reporting regimes and the consistent application of common data schemas for health and finance information resources.

The Data Coalition's campaigns in Congress for legislative reforms, the Financial Transparency Act and the OPEN Government Data Act, closely match Tuesday's recommendations.

Blog: Why Quality Data Should Inform OMB’s Government-wide Management Reform Agenda

This week, I joined three outside experts to co-author a paper addressing a unique opportunity in the federal government, titled Data Powered Leadership Reform: A Business Case for Federal Operational Improvements Enabled by Quality Data. Senior federal leaders are currently responding to a rare policy opportunity to address persistent structural management challenges in federal agencies.

Responding to the President’s Government-wide Agency Reorganization Plan

This March, the Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch was issued. The government-wide executive order provides much needed political cover to tackle fundamental challenges and addresses a plan to bring “efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability” to executive agencies. The resulting directive from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce, M-17-22) presents the roadmap for ambitious federal leaders to dramatically alter how business is conducted across the federal government.

In this management order, OMB requires each agency to assess internal business line functions by considering factors like duplication, essentiality, appropriateness of federal ownership (vs. State, local, or private-sector), cost-benefit considerations, efficiency and effectiveness, and customers service goals (see the Table on page 6 of M-17-22).

Continue reading Christian Hoehner's blog post here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Agency Reform Summit, Wednesday, August 9: The government reform initiative is well underway, and over the next month, all agencies will receive feedback on their high-level agency reform plan. Join the Center for Organizational Excellence for their half day summit. Register here

When: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Where: The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Data Transparency 2017, September 26: The Data Foundation will host the fifth annual Data Transparency 2017 Conference (DT2017), slated for Tuesday, September 26th. Last year's conference included the first-ever White House Open Data Innovation Summit, attracted over 1,000 attendees and over 50 speakers from across government, tech, advocacy, and the private sector. Register here

Check out all the highlights from DT2016 here.

When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Where: Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 
Sponsorship inquiries: Contact Sarah Kerner at sarah.kerner@datafoundation.org

ICYMI: DATA Act Summit Videos

Revisit the keynote addresses and panel discussions from Track 2 here. Featured videos include Keynote Addresses from Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) and Darrell Issa (R-CA-49), and Plenary Adress from Rob Cook, Director of the Technology Transformation Services at GSA. 
DATA Act Summit '17 - Plenary: The Importance of the DATA Act
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