September 25, 2015
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The latest:
  • Data Transparency 2015 Recap
  • Watch the morning session of Data Transparency 2015 on C-SPAN 
  • Open Data Initiative Puts State Out Front On Financial Transparency 
  • Blog: DATA Act Implementation Efforts Move Forward, Section 5 Pilot Lags Behind
  • Enigma launches Smoke Signals to prevent fire deaths

Data Transparency 2015 Connects Current Change and Future Vision for Open Data

Nearly 500 registrants participated in Data Transparency 2015, Washington’s largest-ever open data policy conference. Live demonstrations showed how reforms like last year’s Digital Accountability and Transparency act (DATA Act) are bringing about democratic accountability for citizens, data-driven management within government, and automated compliance for businesses.

Reflecting on the success of his DATA Act, which mandates government-wide data standards for federal spending, Darrell Issa (R-CA) vowed to pass the Financial Transparency Act, which makes the same changes in financial regulatory reporting. “This is the opening round for open data,” said Issa. “There are companies that will take advantage of it and make fortunes. There are nonprofits that will take advantage of it and embarrass people in the administration, not just this one but the one to come.”

Meanwhile, executive branch speakers gave attendees a first look at how the DATA Act is changing federal spending. Fiscal Assistant Secretary Dave Lebryk showed the first public images of the future spending transparency platform, a successor to The Department of Health and Human Services’ DATA Act program management office introduced an interactive data dictionary that will be used to automate grant reporting. Small Business Administration Deputy Chief Financial Officer Tim Gribben led attendees through the SBA’s process for applying the new government-wide data standards for insights into its own spending.

Beyond the DATA Act and Financial Transparency Act, conference sessions also covered innovations in utilities reporting and in data structure for legislation itself. Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission senior advisor Danny Kermode explained his agency’s plan for open-data reporting by utilities, replacing the current PDF-based process. 

For more on Data Transparency 2015 click here.

C-SPAN 3 broadcast the morning session of Data Transparency 2015. Click here to watch. Open Data Initiative Puts State Out Front On Financial Transparency 

In 2015, the Coalition widened the breadth of its open data advocacy to include state level reforms, supporting efforts in states like Ohio, Maryland, and California. In Ohio, the Coalition has highlighted the work of the State Treasurer’s Office and supported legislation that would make more structured data available online.

This week, Ohio announced the launch of more than 100 local government checkbook sites on, enabling entities of all regions, types, and sizes to display their checkbook-level spending on the website free of charge.

At a policy summit this past spring, the Coalition hosted Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, whose office is the driving force behind the Ohio Checkbook effort. At that time was still quite new, but Mr. Mandel spoke enthusiastically about how his office would bring state accountability for spending tax dollars to a whole new level. He is delivering on that promise.

To learn more about Ohio checkbook click here

DATA Act Implementation Efforts Move Forward, Section 5 Pilot Lags Behind

Section 5 of the DATA Act requires OMB to establish a pilot program to test whether standardizing the data elements used in recipient reporting can reduce the burden that grantees and contractors experience in reporting on the federal funds that they receive and spend. Unfortunately, that pilot program doesn’t really exist yet. Read more in the latest Data Coalition blog post.

Enigma launches Smoke Signals to prevent fire deaths

Yesterday, Engima launched Smoke Signals, an open source civic analytics tool that helps local communities determine which city blocks are at the highest risk of not having a smoke alarm. Read more in the latest Enigma blog post.
Data Transparency Breakfast on October 20: Join the Data Transparency Coalition and PwC for a breakfast exploring private-sector lessons for public-sector spending transparency. Details to follow!

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Congressional Hackathon on October 23: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer will co-host the second Congressional Hackathon at the U.S. Capitol. Reps. McCarthy and Hoyer will bring together stockholders to explore the modernization of Congress from open data to updating constituent engagement.
The event will take place at the U.S. Capitol and runs from 10 am to 5 pm. Registration is here.

#DT2015 in the media:

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Rep. Darrell Issa on the public's role open data laws
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