In this issue:
  • Veterans' Reform Bill includes data transparency provisions.
  • Data Transparency 2014 is set.
  • Global Open Data perspectives discussed at 3rd Data Transparency Breakfast.
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Veterans’ Reform Bill Includes Key Data Transparency Provisions

Hidden in the recently passed Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, were critical provisions to moving the Department of Veterans’ Affairs forward on the President’s Open Data Policy.

The Coalition commended Congress for including key provisions that mandate for information covering patient safety, quality-of-care and outcomes to be published as "a comprehensive database" within 180 days (section 206). The bill also requires VA facilities to participate in the Department of Health and Human Services' "Hospital Compare" open data portal.

Unfortunately, the bill does not explicitly require the department to use consistent data standards to make the newly-published information fully searchable and comparable. The Coalition urged the VA to take the already Congressionally-mandated publishing of comprehensive performance metrics to the next level by applying consistent, nonproprietary data standards, such as common fields and formats.
The Coalition will monitor the VA's implementation work, especially its collaboration with the White House to apply the principles of the Open Data Policy to the newly published data sets and any efforts to establish department-wide data standards.

Data Transparency 2014 Already Heating Up – Focus On Transparency in Spending, Regulatory Reporting
Data Transparency 2014 is set! Mark your calendars for September 30, in Washington, D.C. at the JW Marriott. Building on the implementation of the DATA Act and recent improvements in open-data SEC reporting, Data Transparency 2014 will bring together supporters of data standards in federal spending, financial regulation, and throughout the federal government's information portfolio.

The Coalition has already confirmed the participation of Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), members of the House Financial Services Committee, who will address the need for data-driven financial regulatory reporting. Matthew Reed, Chief Counsel at the Office of Financial Research for the U.S. Treasury, is also confirmed.
We are building on last year’s outstanding event, and Data Transparency 2014 is proving to be a “can’t-miss” event.  We are poised to confirm other key leaders in federal spending and the financial regulatory data community--so stay tuned! 

To reserve your seat today, simply click here.

Panelists from the Data Transparency Breakfast helped bring the open data message to Capitol Hill. From L-R: Marcela Rozo, World Bank; Hudson Hollister, Gianluca Garbelloto, IPHIX; Bruno de Souza Simoes, Brazil; and Frans Hietbrink,Netherlands.
Data Transparency Breakfast features Global Perspective

On July 29, the Coalition held the third of four Data Transparency Breakfasts, underwritten by PwC. The sold-out crowd heard from data transparency experts from around the world. We were thrilled to welcome Marcela Rozo of the World Bank; Frans Hietbrink of the Tax and Customs Administration in the Netherlands; and Bruno de Souza Simoes of the National Treasury in Brazil. Gareth Lloyd of Companies House in the United Kingdom provided an insightful video greeting
While each panelist provided unique and expert glimpses into their own experiences dealing with the transformation to open data, the panelists agreed: when government reporting is transformed from disconnected documents into open data, everyone benefits. Citizens and investors gain access to information with practicable value, governments utilize big data tools for better management and enforcement, and the playing field for government contracts levels out in the private sector.
Following the breakfast, panel members met with Republican and Democratic staff of the House Oversight Committee focused on the implementation of the DATA Act.

Other Data Transparency News

From Federal Computer Week -The DATA Act's unexpected benefit

From Information Week - GAO Pushes Better Reporting Of Federal Grants Data

Member Spotlight - Workiva

Workiva, formerly WebFilings, is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company founded in 2008 by software and business veterans. Workiva released its initial cloud-based reporting solution in March 2010 to simplify how companies collect data and prepare complex business reports for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Workiva now files more quarterly and annual reports with the SEC than any other third-party provider, including over 60% of the Fortune 500. Workiva released its Wdesk product platform in March 2013 to provide collaborative solutions for compliance, risk, management, and sustainability reporting. Workiva employs more than 800 people with offices in 12 U.S. and 3 non-U.S. cities. The company is headquartered in Ames, Iowa.

Workiva is the presenting sponsor of Data Transparency 2014, the Coalition's premier open data policy conference. To learn more about Workiva, visit their website.

August 7, 2014


Teradata Corporation
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Center for Organizational Effectiveness
Elder Research
Information Builders
IRIS Business Services
Level One Technologies
PR Newswire
StreamLink Software


Trade Association
Object Management Group 

Individual and Nonprofit
Bernadette Hyland, 3 Round Stones
Anthony Hodson, Accenture
Alexander Falk, Altova
Ryan Alfred, BrightScope
Oscar Hackett, BrightScope
Marty Loughlin, Cambridge Semantics
Suzanne Morsfield, Columbia Business School
Ron Lord, CompSci Resources
Aneet Kumar, EZ-XBRL
Eric Hopkins, Federal Filings
Adam Glass
Shannon Copeland, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP
Anne Bini, Invoke
Herschel Chandler, IUI
Maryland Association of CPAs
Greg Bateman, Microsoft
Joseph Kull, PwC
Ann Rutledge, R&R Consulting
Sylvain Raines, R&R Consulting
Francis Burns, SC&H Group
Chad Sandstedt, TagniFi
Mark Bolgiano, Unissant
Shannon Copeland, WGSigma Systems


Mike Atkin
Greg Bateman
Gila Bronner
Craig Clay
Geoff Davis
Timothy Day
Earl Devaney
Jonathan Elliott
Eric Gillespie
Joel Gurin
Jim Harper
Don McCrory
Campbell Pryde
Mike Starr
Richard Soley

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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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