February 11, 2016
Data Coalition News
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The latest:

  • President Obama's Budget Shows Who Cares About DATA Act, Who Doesn't
  • White House Rolls Out Budget on Socrata’s Open Data Platform
  • SEC Open Data Loses House Battle – but is Winning War
  • GAO on DATA Act: Here’s What Success, or Failure, Will Look Like
  • Member Spotlight: Information Builders

President's Budget: DATA Act Moves Forward at Treasury, but OMB Isn't Focusing

This Tuesday morning the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the full Fiscal Year 2017 budget request. This first fiscal shot across the bow establishes President Obama’s vision for how the Executive branch will be managed at the end of his second term. It expresses his legacy priorities by assigning dollar values.

More than any policy statement or hearing testimony could, the budget shows how the Obama Administration views the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).

And for supporters of open data, the news is mixed.

Judging from budget requests, the Treasury Department remains animated with a bold vision to transform federal spending from disconnected documents into standardized, fully-searchable data. But OMB’s budget requests suggest it still fails to prioritize DATA Act implementation on par with other competing information technology and financial management priorities.

To continue reading the latest Coalition blog, click here.

White House Rolls Out Budget on Socrata’s Open Data Platform

DATA Act funding for Treasury wasn't the only reason for the Coalition to celebrate President Obama's 2017 federal budget. This week marks the first time a Presidential budget has been released on an open data platform. The White House chose to roll out the budget using Coalition Partner Member Socrata's open data platform and financial transparency suite. The platform allows users to visualize where federal dollars are being spent in various agencies and departments, and create, analyze and share interactive charts and graphs based off the data for analysis.

The federal budget is thousands of pages long and incredibly complex — far beyond the time or ability of a non-accountant to understand. Socrata’s suite takes this complexity and turns it into accessible, citizen-friendly visualizations.

For more about Socrata's open budget, click here.

SEC Open Data Loses House Battle – but is Winning War

Last Wednesday, for the third time in 18 months, the House of Representatives passed a multi-part financial services package bill with Rep. Robert Hurt’s (R-VA) anti-open data proposal included. Rep. Hurt’s Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to exempt most U.S. public companies from the obligation to file open data financial statements in the XBRL format. The overall package bill, H.R. 1675, now makes its way to the Senate.

But thanks to new House Speaker Paul Ryan’s commitment to permitting members to offer, and debate, more amendments on the House floor, supporters of open data had an opportunity to register their objections. One amendment to defang Hurt’s proposal failed by a relatively narrow 27-vote margin and earned support from 21 Republicans as well as most Democrats.The amendment battle sent a clear signal to the Senate Banking Committee that restricting open data at the SEC won't earn easy approval - and may not be worth the committee's time.

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GAO on DATA Act: Here’s What Success, or Failure, Will Look Like

Last month the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report (PDF) evaluating the federal government’s progress toward transforming its spending information from disconnected documents into open data – a transformation mandated by the DATA Act of 2014.

In the smallest of nutshells, the GAO report says, first, that the Treasury Department and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have done a pretty good job setting up the standardized data fields that will govern all federal spending information. But, second, Treasury and OMB must provide more detailed instructions to explain how, exactly, agencies will be required to match their existing, fragmented spending data to the new standards and report it upward by the time the DATA Act’s deadline hits in May 2017.

To continue reading the Coalition's blog post, click here.

Member Spotlight

For 40 years Information Builders has been helping customers derive maximum organizational value from their software investments by providing complete information management and pervasive business intelligence and analytics. 
For organizations needing to comply with the DATA Act, Information Builders excels at combining the disparate data from various siloed applications; aggregating, cleansing and homogenizing that data; and providing the most in-depth analytics available today.  
Most often, more machination of the data is required than simple visualization and Information Builders' abilities to do the complex algorithms necessary are based on 40 years of continued enhancements – very often based on customer interactions and requirements. 

Coalition Welcomes New Policy Director

As the newest addition to the Data Coalition team, Christian Hoehner has joined as the Director of Policy where he will be leading the legislative and executive branch efforts on behalf of the Coalition.

Christian most recently spent five years with the independent government affairs firm Van Scoyoc Associates where he worked with the firm’s university, research and development, and technology contractor client base. He conducted legislative policy research, tracked the budget process, identified federal programmatic funding opportunities, and developed relations with Congressional staff and industry leaders on behalf of the firm. 

Christian studied political affairs and public policy at the University of Virginia where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in US Government and Sociology. During his time at the University he assisted with research for the Presidential Oral History Program at the renowned Miller Center of Public Affairs. 

Christian can be reach at


Feb. 24: Legislative Data Demo Day, Washington, DC

Congress is poised to transform its legislative information from outdated documents into open, searchable data. If the House and Senate adopted a consistent data format for all bills, amendments, passed laws, and legal compilations, then new software could bring better transparency and more efficient lawmaking. The bipartisan Statutes at Large Modernization Act, introduced by Reps. Dave Brat and Seth Moulton, takes a giant step toward a data-driven future by setting up a structured data format for the Statutes at Large. The Legislative Data Demo Day will preview how open data can make life easier for legislators, lawyers, and citizens.

Join us, register here!
March 1: California Data Demo Day, Sacramento, CA

The California Data Demo Day, hosted by the Data Coalition in Sacramento, is an opportunity to explore all three benefits of open data: better accountability for citizens, data-driven management for public-sector leaders, opportunities for private sector growth. Executive-branch and legislative-branch speakers will explain how they’re accelerating open data through policy reforms. Members of the Data Coalition will show how they can use open data to transform government and society.

Join us, register today!
March 29: Financial Data Summit, Washington, DC.

U.S. financial regulatory agencies have only just begun to modernize the information they collect from disconnected documents into transparent, standardized data.The Data Coalition’s second annual Financial Data Summit will bring together supporters of this crucial transformation. As financial agencies move from plain-text documents to open formats like XBRL, and embrace interoperable data fields such as the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) across multiple reporting requirements, they enable better transparency for investors, data-driven analytics for investigators, and cheaper compliance for the industry. 

To register click here!



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