This edition of Data Transparency News includes links to presentations from the Coalition's DATA Demo Day and notes that the Senated HSGAC will hold a federal spending transparency hearing on July 18, 2012.

Data Transparency News
DATA demos showcase spending standards;
Washington press takes note


On Tuesday, July 10, the Coalition hosted its public DATA Demo Day, an opportunity for leading tech companies to show the benefits of consistent data identifiers and markup languages for federal spending information - as would be mandated under the DATA Act.

The event earned coverage in the Washington Post, Government Executive, Information Management, AOL Government, and Data Informed.

Some presentations demonstrated how standardized spending data could reveal or prevent scandals like the recent Solyndra bankruptcy and GSA conference controversy (IPHIX, MarkLogic, Elder Research). Others focused on how standardized reporting has already been implemented cheaply and effectively in similar contexts -  by large and small entities and governments (Microsoft, Maryland Association of CPAs, Level One, Synteractive). A third category showed the flexibility, accuracy, and drill-down detail of standards-enabled oversight tools (Teradata, SAP, EDGAR Online). The remaining presentations explained the public benefits of standardization: better transparency about corporate entities and lobbying influence (OpenCorporates, First Street).

All presentations are linked below.

DATA Demo Day

DATA Demo Day presentations

Synteractive: Recovery Act reporting shows benefits of standardization
Teradata: Standardized reporting will enable enterprise-wide grant management
MarkLogic: The DATA Act, spending oversight and the GSA scandal
Microsoft: How XBRL reporting enables efficient financial management
Level One Technologies: Streamlined recipient reporting under ARRA and DATA
First Street: Transparent federal spending data will improve political intelligence
IPHIX: Standardized reporting could have revealed Solyndra risk
SAP: Standardized reporting will permit transaction-level oversight
Elder Research: Predictive analytics to fight contract fraud
EDGAR Online: SEC disclosure reform shows benefits of standardized reporting
Maryland Association of CPAs: How one small nonprofit adopted standardized reporting cheaply
OpenCorporates: Federal spending standardization will enhance public transparency
Senate HSGAC

Crucial Senate committee announces July 18 hearing on spending transparency

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing for July 18th to examine the transparency of federal spending. The committee is expected to examine current executive branch efforts to standardize and search federal spending data - and discuss whether legislative changes such as the DATA Act are necessary.

The hearing will be open to the public and will begin at 9:30 am EDT in room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Data Transparency Coalition


Teradata Corporation

Level One Technologies

Trade Association

Individual and Nonprofit
Jay Fohs, MarkLogic
Michael Doane, MarkLogic
Isaiah Goodall, Elder Research
Joseph Kull, PwC
Maryland Association of CPAs


Mike Atkin
Greg Bateman
Gila Bronner
Earl Devaney
Eric Gillespie
Jim Harper
Beth Noveck
Campbell Pryde

About Us

The Data Transparency Coalition is the only trade association that advocates data reform for the U.S. federal government. The Coalition brings together companies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals to support policies that require federal agencies to publish their data online, using standardized, machine-readable, nonproprietary identifiers and markup languages.

Member Spotlight

Joseph Kull is a Director in PwC's Washington Federal Practice focusing on improving public sector budget, grants, and financial management and performance. He is actively working to bring data standards to the public sector information supply chain.

He retired after 32 years of Federal service, including 20 years in the SES. His last four years were at OMB as the Deputy Controller for federal financial management, responsible for accounting, auditing, financial systems, internal controls and grant management for all Federal agencies.

Prior to OMB, he spent almost 16 years at the National Science Foundation, including 10 years as the CFO and Budget Director and 6 years as the Deputy Director of the Office of Budget, Audit and Control. He also spent 11 years as Comptroller and Budget Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board. He began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co.

Mr. Kull received a B.S. from Mount Saint Mary's College in Maryland and an M.B.A. from George Mason University in Virginia. He is also a CPA and CFGM [Certified Government Financial Manager] as well as a member of the AICPA, Association of Government Accountants [AGA], and an American Association of Budget and Program Analysts [AABPA]. He has taught accounting at the college and graduate level for 20 years, including at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University..

Mr. Kull has testified before Congress, and was a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Board [FASAB]. He continues to serve on a number of professional and advisory boards and committees.
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