Thursday, September 19, 2019
**SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson confirmed for GovDATAx!**
Coalition Commentary
New Blog: Supporting the 2020 Census to Promote High-Quality Data for Decision-Making. As part of our formal partnership with the Census Bureau to help promote an accurate count during the decennial census, Data Coalition members met with U.S. Census Bureau Deputy Director Ron Jarmin to discuss the inflection points as the country prepares for the 2020 census, in addition to how the business community’s technology and data analytics firms can be more involved. In the latest Data Coalition blog, CEO Nick Hart outlines the key takeaways from that discussion. 
New Blog: Announcing The Launch of Our New Website. Over the Labor Day weekend, the Data Coalition sunsetted our existing site and replaced it with a revamped website. Our goal with the new website is to provide visitors with a fresh interface that more accurately highlights all the work we do and the members that make it all possible. A recent blog describes how we've restructured of our policy issues as well as the new website's updated style and functionality. We invite you to explore the site and let us know what you think. 
Jess's Picks
Guidance on Federal AI Regulations Coming Shortly, Federal CTO Says. The White House will soon issue guidance on how agencies should approach regulating specific applications of artificial intelligence (AI) under their purview, according to federal Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios. While the government must create standards that all AI tools must abide, individual agencies will also be responsible for directing the development of the tech in specific areas, according to Kratsios. [Nextgov]

Rep. Virginia Foxx Explains the GREAT Act. Each year the U.S. government spends about $660 billion on federal grants, and for every grant awarded a grant report is required. With the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act, federal grant reports would be transformed into an open government database. A new video by GREAT Act sponsor Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC-5) describes the benefits of this open data legislation. [Office of Congresswoman Virginia Foxx]

How a New Federal Strategy Will Help Government Fuel its Mission. The federal government is embarking on a journey to harness the power of data. To do so, the Office of Management and Budget in summer 2019 released what it calls the “Federal Data Strategy,” a campaign with the potential to transform how the government operates. Success rides, however, on employees going along with it. [Federal Times | Data Coalition's Nick Hart quoted]

Census Bureau Stands Up ‘Fusion Center’ to Combat Misinformation During 2020 Count. The Census Bureau has stood up a “fusion center” to monitor social media for misinformation during the 2020 count and has doubled down on its resilience planning in the final months of preparation. Census Director Steven Dillingham also addressed public concerns about the privacy and security of data they provide to the 2020 census, and said the bureau remains focused on training its current workforce to develop skills for an ever-changing environment. [Federal News Network]
Industry News
Steeped in Data, Innovative Executives Still See What Others Can’t. Data surrounds us. Business leaders need a way to see beyond the vastness and complexity of data, to visualize it in a way that transforms the abstract into something that inspires action. Yet, the amount of data we have to work with can be a benefit once we harness it. The more you know, the more you can know, by sifting through data to draw relevant conclusions; however, you need a good sifter. [Esri via Forbes]

Deloitte Enhances Accounting and Finance Portfolio with Workiva Connected Reporting and Compliance Platform. On September 10, Deloitte announced a strategic alliance with Workiva designed to improve financial and managerial reporting. The alliance enhances Deloitte’s finance, accounting and compliance solutions portfolio, which aims to help organizations transform, automate and govern financial accounting processes while improving internal control, statutory and regulatory activities. [Workiva and Deloitte]

GSA and OMB Announce Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center Challenge Winners. The General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget announced three grand prize winners of the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center challenge. Data Coalition member SAP was among the Cybersecurity Workforce Collaboration winners and will focus on training a participating federal agency to identify, hire, onboard, train, support, and retain neurodiverse individuals for cyber positions. Fellow Coalition member Deloitte received an honorable mention for its proposed AI-driven ‘pop-up’ data marketplaces for topics of national interest. [SAP and Deloitte]

Study: As Data Volume Increases, So Does Data Pollution. According to a new commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Infogroup, the average amount of marketing dollars spent on customer data and analytics has nearly doubled over the past two years. Yet over two-thirds of sales and marketing professionals claim that they experience challenges in all four stages of the data process. [Infogroup]
Upcoming Events

Robert Jackson

Securities and Exchange Commission
New Speakers Confirmed for GovDATAx. We are thrilled to announce multiple new speakers for our upcoming summit including:
  • Dino Falaschetti, Director, Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury
  • Robert Jackson, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Karen Dunn Kelley, Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce
As the country’s premier government data policy summit, 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 Datum Awards ceremony to follow from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.)
Cost: $35 - $230 
Sponsorship opportunities: contact Sarah Kerner, Director of Partnerships
Regulatory Analytics and the Regulatory Information Value Chain. On October 2, Data Coalition members Elder Research and HData will host a webinar that explores the process of government regulation end-to-end; the transformative power of regulatory analytics to help regulation work better to protect people and prevent malfeasance; and how regulators can connect their regulatory analytics activities into other regulatory activities, like compliance and data dissemination, to maximize impact. Regulatory agencies' analytics practices are already helping reduce costs and improve effectiveness, but are in line for dramatic expansion with the expected reintroduction of the Financial Transparency Act, which the Coalition supports, in Congress.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cost: Free
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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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