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December 30, 2015
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2015
What a year! The Data Transparency Coalition's advocacy to transform government information into open data grew into a mighty campaign in 2015. Here are a few show-stoppers.

Policy Achievements of 2015

The Coalition celebrated tremendous progress in all three areas of its 2015 policy agenda.
  • Government Management: Treasury and OMB adopted the data standards that will transform federal spending into open data. And some agencies are already using those standards to make financial, grant, and contract information fully searchable for the first time. 
  • Markets & Economy: The Financial Transparency Act (H.R. 2477) hit almost 30 bipartisan cosponsors in the House of Representatives. 
  • Law & Regulation: Reps. Brat and Moulton introduced the Statues at Large Modernization Act (H.R. 4006). The bill directs the National Archives and Records Administration to publish an official open-data version of the Statutes at Large. 

Top Blog Posts of 2015

Thousands of people used the Coalition's blog as their source for news and views on the open data transformation! The blog's greatest hits were:
  1. Treasury and OMB Announce DATA Act Standards! Here’s What You Need to Know.
  2. Financial Transparency Act of 2015 Introduced, Promising Open Data Across Financial Regulation
  3. Darrell Issa Previews MADOFF Transparency Act at Financial Regulation Summit
  4. SEC commits to human- and machine-readable format that could fix agency’s open data problems
  5. In the fight for open nonprofit data, everything changed in one month

2015 Event Highlights

In 2015, over 2,000 attendees celebrated the open data transformation at the Coalition's events in Washington and Sacramento. Here's their impact.

Financial Regulation Summit

The inaugural Financial Regulation Summit was held on March 24 at Union Market in Washington, D.C. to examine the current state of data transparency in financial regulation. Participants included Members of Congress; U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott; Treasury Office of Financial Research Director Dick Berner; and representatives of nearly every major financial regulator. 

DATA Demo Day and DATA Act Summit 

The second annual DATA Demo Day and DATA Act Summit was held on June 9 and 10 on Capitol Hill and at the Washington Convention Center, which examined the status of the DATA Act a year after passage. The idea behind the DATA Act of 2014 is simple enough: transform federal spending information from disconnected documents into open data. But implementing the DATA Act will change the way the U.S. federal government - the largest organization in the world - operates. The DATA Act Summit kicked off the multi-year challenge, led by the Treasury Department and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

California Data Demo Day

The California Data Demo Day marked the first full-scale Coalition event outside Washington, DC. Legislators, technology companies, government leaders, and civic technologists got a taste of the benefits of open data on August 26 at the California State Capitol. 

Data Transparency 2015

Nearly 500 registrants participated in Data Transparency 2015, carried live on C-SPAN on September 23. Live demonstrations showed how reforms like the DATA Act are bringing about democratic accountability for citizens, data-driven management within government, and automated compliance for businesses.

Data Transparency Breakfast Series

The Data Transparency Breakfast series provided a quarterly opportunity for dialogue with federal policymakers working to transform government information from disconnected documents into standardized, machine-readable data.  Each breakfast focused on a specific benefit of the open data transformation. To find our more about the breakfast series click here.
 

Check out our Youtube channel for a complete recap of 2015 events!

2016
What does 2016 have in store? You'll have to keep reading Data Transparency News to find out, but here are our best guesses.

Predictions for 2016!

Government Management: Markets & Economy: Support will continue to grow for the Financial Transparency Act to transform financial regulatory reporting into open data!

Law & Regulation: We'll see at least one more new Congressional proposal to turn legislative information into open data.  

Mark your Calendar for 2016 Events!

March 29, 2016: Financial Data Summit 
May 26, 2016: DATA Act Summit 
September 28, 2016: Data Transparency 2016
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The Data Transparency Coalition advocates on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for the publication of government information as standardized, machine-readable data. Data transparency strengthens democratic accountability, enhances government management, reduces compliance costs, and stimulates innovation.
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