September 9, 2016
Data Coalition News
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The latest:
  • SEC Chair White Responds to Senator Warner's Questions About Inline XBRL
  • Bryce Pippert at GSA's Technology Industry Day
  • Video: Demo of DATA Act Broker at AGA's PDT Conference
  • Event: DATA Act Training, Sep. 29

SEC Chair White Responds to Senator Warner's Questions About Inline XBRL

Earlier this week the Securities and Exchange (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White responded to Senator Warner's questions about the SEC's implementation and use of inline XBRL.

Chair White affirmed that this new open data format can "decrease filing preparation costs, improve the quality of structured [corporate] data, and, by improving data quality, increase the use of [open] data by investors and other market participants." She also confirmed that the SEC is considering whether to transform other aspects of its disclosure forms, beyond corporate financial statements, from today's disconnected documents into structured, open data.

On June 13 the SEC announced it would begin accepting voluntary inline XBRL submissions. Coalition member company Workiva used its cloud-based productivity enterprise platform - Wdesk - to submit the first inline XBRL on July 1. Read Workiva's announcement here

The Data Coalition is currently advocating in Congress for the passage of the Financial Transparency Act (HR 2477). The legislative proposal would transform the way financial regulators collect information. It would create data standards for financial reports and ensure regulators adopt a non-propriety identifier such as the LEI (Legal Entity Identifier). Finally, the proposal mandates that all information regulators collect should be published as open, electronically searchable, and downloadable in bulk.

The SEC's adoption of inline XBRL is a small step toward the full-scale transformation that the Financial Transparency Act will bring. The Coalition is grateful for Senator Warner's leadership on the transformation of SEC reporting - and for several years of hard work on this issue by Senator Warner's senior economic advisor Milan Dalal.

Read Chair White's full response here

Bryce Pippert at GSA's Technology Industry Day

Yesterday, Booz Allen Hamilton Principal and Data Coalition Board Member Bryce Pippert gave a lightning talk about Booz Allen Hamilton's work with Treasury on the government-wide implementation of the DATA Act.

Renata Maziarz of Treasury also laid out how agencies are modernizing through agile software development. Renata discussed Treasury's engagement with 18F on the DATA Act program. The full video can be viewed here

Video: Demo of DATA Act Broker at AGA's PDT Conference

In July the Association of Government Accountant's (AGA) hosted their annual Personal Development Training (PDT) conference in Anaheim, California. One of the sessions featured a live demo of the DATA Act broker on DoJ spending data from Deputy Assistant Secretary Christina Ho, Treasury and Department of Justice staff.

The DATA Act Broker an open-source piece of software developed by Treasury, with an assist from GSA's 18F technology team. The broker uploads federal agencies’ spending data files, validates them, and converts them into the Treasury Department’s government-wide open data format. A new 18F blog post last week explains how the broker was developed.

The broker successfully ingested real data from DoJ's financial and award systems, uncovered an error inserted for the purpose, and created a final submission consistent with the DATA Act Schema.

View the full video here.


Data Transparency 2016 Featuring the White House Open Data Innovation Summit, September 28, 2016

Data Transparency 2016 (DT2016) will bring together government leaders, transparency advocates, and the technology industry to transform government information from disconnected documents into open data. DT2016 will be hosted for the first time by the Coalition's sister organization, the Data Foundation. DT2016 is presented by Socrata

DT2016 will feature three tracks: Open Data in Management, Open Data in Regulation, and the first-ever White House Open Data Innovation Summit.
Register here!
Featured speakers include: Vicky Niblett, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Integrated Acquisition Environment, General Services Administration; Matt Reed, Chief Counsel, Office Of Financial Research, Treasury Department; Mark Flannery, Chief Economist, SEC; Kelly Tshibaka, Chief Data Officer, Office Of The Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service; John Gentile, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary To The Assistant Secretary For Financial Resources, Department Of Health And Human Services; Brandon Pustejovsky, Chief Data Officer, USAID. View the full speaker list here!
When: 8:00am - 6:00pm, Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Where: Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC 20003
Media inquiries: Contact Jessica Yabsley at

DATA Act Training, September 29, 2016

On Thursday, September 29, the Data Foundation will present a DATA Act Training program for federal financial management, program management, procurement, and assistance professionals.

Learn directly from leading DATA Act implementers from the executive branch, civil society, and the technology industry. View the syllabus here.

Register here!
When: 9:30am - 3:30pm, Thursday, September 29, 2016
Where: Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC 20003
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Data Coalition Members

Research Data Group
RR Donnelley

Booz Allen Hamilton
MorganFranklin Consulting
StreamLink Software

BackOffice Associates
Center for Organizational Excellence
CGI Federal
Elder Research
Global IDs
Grant Thornton
Information Builders
IRIS Business Services
Merrill Corporation
PR Newswire

BCL Technologies
Gov-PATH Solutions
Vintun LLC
Zenius Corporation

Trade Association
Object Management Group 


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