2015 is Going to be Another Great Year for Data Transparency
Welcome to the first issue of DTNews of 2015!
The year is off to a busy start for the Data Transparency Coalition. Financial data transparency hit the floor of the House of Representatives on its very first day of regular business. The Coalition, its members, open data supporters and a bipartisan group of forward-looking Members of Congress mobilized to oppose a measure that would exempt 60 percent of public companies from filing searchable financial data with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We mustered a record number of votes in the House against the Hurt provision. Though it moves on to the Senate as part of the H.R. 37 financial package, we are not giving up.
The Coalition will host its first-ever Congressional fly-in on January 27 - and celebrate the third anniversary of its founding. Our members will meet with key members, committees, and staff to convey our message: government information should be published as standardized, searchable data.
This year we expand from two major policy events to three. Mark your calendars for the Financial Regulation Summit on March 24; DATA Act Summit and DATA Demo Day June 9-10; and Data Transparency 2015 on September 23.
Last year we celebrated the passage of the DATA Act, the nation's first open data law. We are now working with both Congress and the executive branch for a successful implementation of the DATA Act, transforming the U.S. federal government's spending information from disconnected documents into standardized data. To bring together our efforts in financial regulation, federal spending, and elsewhere, we'll release our 2015 Data Transparency Agenda in the coming weeks.
We will push further and elevate our efforts in 2015. We’re thrilled to have you join us.
Happy new year!