Friday, September 6, 2019
**Former House Speaker Paul Ryan Confirmed for GovDATAx!**
Coalition Commentary
Promoting Chief Data Officers in Data Strategy Will Lead to a Major Government Transformation. Successful implementation of the Federal Data Strategy (FDS) holds promise for the future of data-driven government. With an iterative and collaborative approach, the strategy should support agencies moving forward and lead to a major transformation of government. In our most recent guest blog, Jane Wiseman, CEO at the Institute for Excellence in Government, offers her perspective on the FDS and recommendations for facilitating data literacy and data leadership in government. 
The Data Coalition Launches Revamped Website. The Data Coalition has launched our redesigned website with updated style and enhanced capabilities. The site reflects the expanded range of policy issues we work on - including government data sharing, evidence-based decision making, innovation and emerging technology, and open data - as well as our role as America's leading voice in data policy. We invite you to explore the site and let us know what you think.

Data Coalition Bids Farewell to Senior Policy Director. Senior Director of Policy Christian Hoehner has stepped down to assume a new role as the Deputy Policy Director for the minority staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. In this capacity, Christian will be uniquely positioned to work with Congress to continue promoting good data policy government-wide. It’s safe to say Christian is not going far from the Data Coalition’s policy priorities. We thank Christian for his years of excellent work at the Data Coalition and wish him the best of luck in his new position.
Jess's Picks
White House Calls CIOs and Other Agency Leaders to Summit on Federal Use of AI. The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has invited a “broad range” of federal IT officials — including chief information officers, chief data officers, and chief technology officers — to the White House for a summit Monday to highlight current AI use cases across government and discuss future applications. The summit will focus on the “the low end of AI,” things like “business processing kinds of tasks, all the way up to humanitarian search and rescue," but it will also address “areas of key impact” in AI research and development and what’s to come. [Fedscoop]

The Trump Administration’s Plan to Usher in ‘Second Bold Era’ of Science and Technology. The administration’s budget and science leads, Office of Management and Budget acting Director Russell Vought and OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier, issued a memo to all federal agencies stating the research and development goals and budget priorities for fiscal 2021. The memo outlines five priority areas the administration will focus on as it develops the president’s 2021 budget proposal, as well as five “crosscutting actions” that all federal agencies should prioritize going forward. [Nextgov]

Ninth Circuit: Courts Can Force Feds to Put Records Online. In a decision that will expand the power of courts to make government agencies post information online, the Ninth Circuit this week reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the removal of animal welfare compliance data from a U.S. Department of Agriculture website. A three-judge Ninth Circuit panel found that the Freedom of Information Act authorizes courts to make agencies stop holding back records which they have a duty to make available in “virtual reading rooms” online. [Courthouse News Service]

Democrats Urge Tech Giants Not to Screw up the Census. Some lawmakers fear the decennial census will become a magnet for misinformation from overseas and U.S.-based trolls seeking to keep minority groups from filling out their census forms correctly — or at all. And for the tech industry, they argue, the census is a chance to show that the companies have learned the lessons of 2016 — at a time when they’re under fire from an increasingly skeptical Washington. [POLITICO]
Industry News
Workiva and BlackLine Team Up to Transform Financial Close and Reporting Processes. Workiva and BlackLine, Inc. announced the availability of a platform integration to help joint customers streamline financial close and reporting processes. The integration will enable users to seamlessly connect and transfer data between the two platforms, saving time and reducing risk by improving accuracy and transparency in the record-to-report process. [Workiva]

Esri Selected to Join Group on Earth Observations as Associate Member Organization. Esri announced its membership in the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). GEO is an intergovernmental organization devoted to advancing the universal accessibility of open data and promoting sustainability resulting from Earth observations. In response to GEO’s interest in data that enables ecosystem management, Esri also partnered with the US Geological Survey on an initiative to devise ecosystem mapping methods. [Esri]

New SAP Innovation Center to Tackle Fundamental Challenges of Enterprise AI. Today, SAP opened the latest location of the SAP Innovation Center Network in Newport Beach. Under the leadership of Hans-Martin Will, who previously led the development of AI systems for Amazon Alexa, a new engineering team will work on solving some of the toughest problems in enterprise AI. The team will focus on AI-driven development, explainable AI, data labeling and anonymization, and more. [SAP]
Upcoming Events
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan Confirmed for GovDATAx. We are thrilled to announce former Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan will join us for GovDATAx to deliver a keynote address. As the country’s premier event about government data policy, GovDATAx will bridge the traditional organizational and disciplinary silos across the data community to focus on shared goals of producing government data that can be responsibly used to improve society. Join us!

Event details:
Where: Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (reception and awards ceremony to follow from 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.)
Cost: $35 - $230 
Sponsorship opportunities: contact Sarah Kerner, Director of Partnerships
Data Driven Government. The Data Coalition is proud to partner with member company Elder Research for Data Driven Government. The conference will focus on helping government executives share and discuss emerging trends and best practices of how government agencies are currently using data analytics to enhance mission outcomes. Use promo code DATACOALITIONDDG19 at checkout for 15% off the price of registration.

Event details:
Where: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20036
When: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Cost: $395 - $655 (Discount code - DATACOALITIONDDG19)
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Data Coalition Members
Booz Allen Hamilton, Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN), Workiva
Partner: DeepBD, Deloitte, Elder Research, Mission Measurement, SAP, StreamLink Software, Xero
Regular: Alteryx, DataTracks, Delv, Grant Thornton, Infogroup, Qlik, Refinitiv, Tableau, Xcential
Industry: AEM Corporation, CivicActions, Esri, Global IDs, Industrial Economics Incorporated, Morningstar, OTC Markets, Research Data Group
Startup: HData, idaciti, JMH Associates, LEI.INFO, opencorporates, Phyton Consulting, Rotunda Solutions
Nonprofit: SPARC, USAFacts
Trade Association: Object Management Group, XBRL-US

Mission: We advocate on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for government data to be accessible, high-quality, and used to enhance accountability, improve government effectiveness, reduce compliance costs, and stimulate innovation.
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