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Friday, September 8, 2017
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The latest: 
  • Tech Industry to General Services Administration: Time to Replace the DUNS Number
  • Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Submits Final Report on Data Initiatives
  • DATA Act Implementation Nominated for Fedscoop 50 Awards
  • California Data Demo Day, October 19th! RSVP here.

Tech Industry to General Services Administration: Time to Replace the DUNS Number

Most of Dun & Bradstreet’s response to the General Services Administration’s request for information about identifying federal contractors looked like this: mostly redacted. It’s hard to identify any arguments in favor of letting Dun & Bradstreet keep its monopoly.

Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., enjoys a protected and profitable monopoly on government contracting data. Taxpayers aren’t allowed to download information about how their money is being spent unless they pay Dun & Bradstreet.

But, as a new round of commentary submitted to the General Services Administration shows, the tech industry wants to end it.

The GSA pays Dun & Bradstreet to assign a unique identification code to every company that has, or seeks, a contract with the federal government. Every contractor or new contractor must register with Dun & Bradstreet and be assigned a Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS Number. (The system is used to identify federal grantees, too.)

Under the GSA’s current agreement with Dun & Bradstreet, the DUNS Number remains Dun & Bradstreet’s property – and Dun & Bradstreet charges taxpayers for access.

Here is why this monopoly is a bad deal for the government, taxpayers, and contractors too – and how it might finally end.

“You must click here for very important D&B information”

Dun & Bradstreet charges taxpayers for access to its property. If you visit the federal government’s spending transparency website, USASpending.gov – the main public source for information about government contracts and contractors – you’ll notice a prominent disclaimer at the very top.

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Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Submits Final Report on Data Initiatives

Earlier this week, on Wednesday, September 6th, the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking released a final report titled, The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking.

The Commission's website states, the "Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP) was established to develop a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs, while protecting privacy and confidentiality". In the report, the CEP "describes findings and presents recommendations for fundamental improvements to the Federal government's evidence-building systems and capabilities." 

The report makes recommendations in four areas:
  1. Improving secure, private, and confidential data access
  2. Modernizing privacy protections for evidence building 
  3. Implementing the national secure data service 
  4. Strengthening federal evidence-building capacity
The Data Coalition commends the Commission's efforts! Read the full report here.

Vote: DATA Act Implementation Nominated for Fedscoop 50 Awards

We are thrilled to see Treasury and OMB's implementation of the DATA Act nominated for the Fedscoop 50 Awards. Vote here for the first-ever government-wide open data law!

The DATA Act had its first implementation deadline earlier this year on May 9th. For the first time tax payers, government officials, Congressional Members, and watchdogs can get a full picture of the federal government's financial information in a single open data set. View the new DATA Act data set on the revamped beta.USASpending.gov site. 

And don't forget to vote!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Data Transparency 2017, September 26: The Data Foundation will host the fifth annual Data Transparency 2017 Conference (DT2017), slated for Tuesday, September 26th. Over 600 open data enthusiasts from across government, advocacy, the technology industry, and the private sector! Register here
Note: Government employees receive complimentary registration.
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
California Data Demo Day, October 19: The Data Coalition and Grant Thornton will host a California Data Demo Day. The event will bring together state agency officials to explore the benefits of open data. Our panelists will share stories of open data success sourced from their agency – by sharing common themes of external transparency and internal efficiency. RVSP here

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Capitol Event Center, 1020 11th St, Sacramento, CA, 95814
Cost: Free
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The Data Coalition is the world's first, and only, open data trade association. We advocate on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for the publication of government information as standardized, open data.
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