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Huge Week for Data Transparency

White House Endorses Open Data Standards for Federal Spending; Treasury Issues Request for Comment
 
Wednesday was the three-year anniversary of the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) and President Obama celebrated by announcing four new initiatives under the OGP Action Plan. The initiatives are aimed at making government “more open, transparent, and accessible for all Americans.”  So, what’s the first initiative the White House listed?
 
Improve transparency in government spending, making it easier to understand how and where the federal government spends and invests.
 
I.e., the DATA Act.
 
The White House elaborated that in 2015, as part of DATA Act implementation, “the Administration will work to improve the accessibility and reusability of Federal financial data by issuing data element definition standards and standards for exchanging financial data.”
 
For the first time, the White House embraced government-wide data standards as the way to federal spending transparency.
 
At Data Transparency 2014 this Tuesday, we are provided an opportunity to get even more details of the President’s announcement from Deputy Chief Technology Officer Nick Sinai. Nick will be kicking off the day with a keynote address that will explain the connection between data standards and open government—and take your questions on what’s next in the White House’s drive for open data. Join us!
 
Federal Spending Data Workshop at Fiscal Service
 
In other developments, executive-branch advocates of open data in federal spending were busy yesterday. The Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service hosted a workshop for transparency advocates and industry users of the bureau’s data. The workshop brainstormed ways to open the Fiscal Service’s data to the public through standardization and publication.
 
Participants, including the Sunlight Foundation and our very own Executive Director, Hudson Hollister, encouraged the Fiscal Service leadership to focus on nonproprietary data standards and linking Fiscal Service data, such as federal payments, with other federal spending data, such as grants and contracts.
 
You will have an opportunity for input during the breakout sessions at Data Transparency 2014, where Christina Ho, Treasury’s Executive Director for Data Transparency, will lead a breakout session on the transformation of federal financial reporting.
 
Treasury Requests Public Comment on the Establishment of Data Standards
 
The DATA Act requires that Treasury and OMB issue guidance to federal agencies on the establishment of government-wide financial data standards by May 9, 2015.
 
Today, Treasury announced in the Federal Register the beginning of a public comment period for what those data standards should look like. For the next 60 days, with the goal of establishing the most “useful and informed” data standards possible, Treasury will accept input from public and private stakeholders and, as required by the DATA Act, share all information received with OMB. The Coalition will file a comment advocating for complete, nonproprietary, and sustainable data standards to open federal spending for accountability, analytics, and automatic reporting.
 
To convey your views to Treasury and the White House on how best to transform federal spending from disconnected documents into open data, join us at Data Transparency 2014 this Tuesday, where the senior Treasury and White House executives responsible for DATA Act implementation will jointly present their vision. This is the first public joint appearance for David Lebryk and Dave Mader.
 
First Treasury/OMB Data Transparency Town Hall
 
And last but not least, today Hudson is attending the Data Transparency Town Hall, jointly hosted by the Treasury Department and OMB. This is the first formal opportunity for industry and nonprofit supporters of data standards and open data to bring their views to the implementers of the DATA Act.
 
The Town Hall is not being broadcast, webcast, or archived—so if you have missed the Town Hall, please join us on Tuesday. You can also expect additional information in next week’s regular addition of Data Transparency News.
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Data Transparency 2014 

When: Tuesday, September 30th, 7:30 am - 6 pm

Where: JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 
Washington DC 20004


Registration is free for federal employees.
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Nick Sinai to Keynote Data Transparency 2014

Nick Sinai, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will be delivering the keynote address at Data Transparency 2014. The first chance to get more details about the President's announcement!
 
Data Transparency 2014 will also include the first-ever joint appearance by the White House's Dave Mader and Treasury's David Lebryk, the two officials overseeing the implementation of the DATA Act.
 


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