June 30, 2016
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  • Clinton to Fully Back DATA Act Implementation
  • House Speaker Ryan Endorses Structured Legislative Data, Making Open Law Vision Inevitable
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation Defeats California Proposal to Copyright Government Information
  • DATA Act Beta Site Gets a Revamp

Clinton to Fully Back DATA Act Implementation

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton unveiled her campaign’s Technology and Innovation Agenda on June 28th. The Agenda includes a commitment to open up more government data for public uses. The Data Coalition welcomed Secretary Clinton’s strong support for fully implementing the DATA Act of 2014 and replacing document-based regulatory reporting with structured data. 

President Obama's White House has not always supported the DATA Act, so we are excited to see Secretary Clinton’s explicit commitment to get the job done if she succeeds him. Under the law’s deadlines, the next president will be responsible for making sure that every agency begins reporting spending as structured data – and that Treasury and OMB publish that data set in full.

Continue reading the Coalition's statement here

House Speaker Ryan Endorses Structured Legislative Data, Making Open Law Vision Inevitable

Earlier this month, the open Congress movement gained a huge endorsement from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The Speaker backed the adoption of Congressional data standards and common formats for legislative information. (You can get the details in his press release or view his remarks here.)

His announcement was the high point of the Committee on House Administration’s annual Legislative Data and Transparency Conference. (You can view lots of Twitter commentary at #LDTC16.) The all-day conference featured open government advocates, technology solutions providers, legislative lawyers, and Congressional staff managing various modernization projects.

Across all of our policy initiatives, the Data Coalition encourages governments to create and collect data using non-proprietary, machine-readable formats. This conference reinforced that Congress is on track to transform its legislative information from documents into open data.

Continue reading the Coalition's blog post here.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Defeats California Proposal to Copyright Government Information

On June 22, the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation reported that the California State Senate had dropped controversial copyright provisions from Assembly Bill 2880. The provisions, previously passed by the California Assembly, would have enabled state agencies to assert ownership of public information, including documents and open data.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation led a public campaign against Assembly Bill 2880. The Data Coalition and nearly two dozen other organizations jointly signed an EFF letter asking the state senate to reject the bill's copyright provisions.

DATA Act Beta Site Gets a Revamp

In November of last year, the Treasury Department launched a beta of, the public website for government spending data. was created after Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the DATA Act of 2014 into law.The DATA Act drastically expands the amount of spending data the Treasury Department and Office of Budget and Management has to collect and mandates that all spending information related to financial management, payments, budget actions, procurement, and assistance must be standardized and published in an open data format by May of 2018. 

Last month, Treasury DATA Act Product Manager Kaitlin Devine announced the release of the second iteration of at the Coalition’s DATA Act Summit. While giving the Summit audience their first look at the new beta, Devine outlined how Treasury is working to incorporate more user-friendly functions that will cater to stakeholders’ needs. The site will eventually host all DATA Act mandated data sets, though no new data sets have been published there yet.

Continue reading the Coalition's blog post here.


Data Transparency 2016 (DT2016) will bring together government leaders, transparency advocates, and the technology industry to transform government information from disconnected documents into open data. DT2016 will feature three tracks: Open Data in Spending, Open Data in Regulation, and the first-ever federal Open Data Summit.

This event was previously hosted by the Foundation’s sister organization, the Data CoalitionData Transparency 2015 attracted nearly 500 registrants and 50 speakers. 

To register, click here

When: 8:00am - 5:30pm, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Where: Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Media inquiries: Contact Jessica Yabsley at
Countdown to the DATA Act: An Update on Progress & Challenges
Clinton Tech Agenda Bakes in Innovation Teams
Report from the 2016 Legislative Data & Transparency Conference
You've Heard of the DATA Act. Now, Get Ready for the Edit Act.  

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