Friday, June 14, 2019
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Coalition Commentary
Data Coalition Announces New Partnership with U.S. Census Bureau. In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will launch the most important data collection activity in government in a decade: the decennial census. With that in mind, the Data Coalition has entered a formal partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to promote a reliable count of U.S. households. “Virtually every decision that uses data in government and the private sector for the next 10 years will be affected by the upcoming census count,” said Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart. “The business community should embrace the opportunity to support informed decision-making in our society by promoting an accurate census." The Data Coalition’s partnership with the Census Bureau will support activities to encourage the American public to respond to the census, including a public event in fall 2019. Read our press release on the partnership here

Data Coalition Applauds Release of Final Federal Data Strategy. On Tuesday, June 4, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the third and final phase of the Federal Data Strategy. “The release of the long-awaited Federal Data Strategy from the Trump Administration is a positive sign about the Executive Branch’s recognition that government data can and should be used more strategically to benefit the American public," said Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart. "As written, the Federal Data Strategy will encourage a greater emphasis on data- and evidence-informed decision making throughout our government while taking meaningful steps to implement key provisions of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. The Data Coalition has partnered with OMB to host a public forum on the strategy on July 8. Sign up here.
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Senators Lankford, Enzi, Peters, Hassan Reintroduce GREAT Act to Standardize Federal Grant Reporting. Senators James Lankford (OK-R), Mike Enzi, (WY-R), Gary Peters (MI-D), and Maggie Hassan (NH-D) reintroduced the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act yesterday. The GREAT Act would require OMB and the leading administrator of grant programs to create a comprehensive and standardized data structure to cover all data elements reported by recipients of federal awards, including grants and cooperative agreements. "As you can imagine, that process can be difficult to navigate and creates hours of often duplicative compliance paperwork for grant recipients," said Senator Lankford. "The GREAT Act streamlines data transparency requirements for grant recipients and ultimately makes data collection and dissemination to Congress faster and easier." [Senator James Lankford]

Your Interoperable Democracy. In today’s world, digital infrastructure is necessary to organize technology and data for governing — especially in a diverse and geographically dispersed population like the United States Congress, which needs a solid foundation to govern in a method befitting the 21st century. The executive branch acted on this realization in 2009 with the Obama administration's Open Government Directive, and a decade later in 2019, President Trump signed the OPEN Government Data Act into law. Congress must now figure out how to best make use of data assets in the executive branch. Pursuing this digital future will not only be a big deal for your average legislative assistant; it will be a huge step forward for the whole first branch. [The Hill]
DOJ Gives CIO Joe Klimavicz an Additional Title. Joe Klimavicz, the Department of Justice's Chief Information Officer, will now fill the Chief Data Officer (CDO) job in addition to his IT-focused duties, the agency confirmed on Tuesday, June 11. The creation of the CDO position was mandated by the OPEN Government Data Act. Other agencies have been making moves on this requirement — in March the Department of Labor announced that it had formally created the position, as well as a "Data Board" to oversee its data strategy and management decisions. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is handling the project of creating its office of the CDO over to the Data Analytics Center of Excellence team. [Fedscoop]

Report: White House Should Promote Blockchain with the Federal Data Strategy. Open data experts think the White House should consider using the Federal Data Strategy to get more agencies to invest in blockchain technology, at least for a limited set of use cases. The Federal Data Strategy calls on agencies to adopt standards that would make their internal data more readily accessible and usable across government. Though blockchain “is not a panacea” to the numerous data-related challenges that face government, in some cases it could help encourage agencies to more willingly share information with one another, according to the Data Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton. [Nextgov]

Industry Perspectives on the OMB Draft Data Strategy. OMB unveiled their draft data strategy last week with a 16-item action list. With a deadline to implement the plan by next year, the data community is looking to get involved with the agencies. “The plan outlines that the agencies need good governance processes around data," said Nick Hart, CEO of the Data Coalition. "It requires very clear leadership in every single agency around how they will actually execute a plan that makes sense for the agency. One of the things that’s essential is a chief data officer.” [Government Matters | Data Coalition's Nick Hart quoted]
Member News
Refinitiv and Napier to Help Combat Money Laundering with Improved Transaction Monitoring Solution. Refinitiv has partnered with Napier to offer a next-generation transaction monitoring solution designed to help corporates and financial institutions tackle money laundering and combat emerging threats in financial crime. The partnership offers Napier’s advanced analytics, automation, and transparent artificial intelligence backed by Refinitiv’s World-Check Risk Intelligence data, to meet an evolving range of AML compliance requirements. “Together, Refinitiv and Napier will bring significant advancements in technology combined with trusted risk intelligence to help organizations monitor transactions and screen for suspicious financial activity,” said Phil Cotter, Managing Director of the Risk business at Refinitiv. [Refinitiv]

Workiva Wins Technical Innovation of the Year Award for Wdata. Workiva announced that Wdata won a Gold Stevie Award for Technical Innovation of the Year and the People's Choice Award for Big Data Solutions from The American Business Awards. “Organizations have made huge investments in Enterprise Resource Planning systems that provide transactional data, which is the source for reports to executives, shareholders, regulators and tax authorities,” said Marty Vanderploeg, CEO of Workiva. “Without Wdata and our Wdesk platform, these reports are still being created manually using email, spreadsheets, and word processors." [Workiva]

Salesforce Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Tableau. Salesforce and Tableau Software have entered into a definitive agreement under which Salesforce will acquire Tableau in an all-stock transaction. “Joining forces with Salesforce will enhance our ability to help people everywhere see and understand data,” said Adam Selipsky, President and CEO of Tableau. "As part of the world’s #1 CRM company, Tableau’s intuitive and powerful analytics will enable millions more people to discover actionable insights across their entire organizations. I look forward to working together in support of our customers and communities." [Tableau]

XBRL US Comments on SEC Proposal: Securities Offering Reform for Closed-End Investment Companies. On Monday, June 10, XBRL US submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concerning their proposal for Securities Offering Reform for Closed-End Investment Companies. This proposal, if passed as currently written, will require the use of Inline XBRL for financial data submitted to the Commission by Business Development Companies, for prospectus’ and for data on certain forms. [XBRL US]
Public Forum: Action Items for Implementing the Federal Data Strategy. The Data Coalition and OMB are co-sponsoring a joint public forum on the Federal Data Strategy’s draft 2019-2020 Action Plan on Monday, July 8. The forum will provide an opportunity for the business, academic, and non-profit communities to offer feedback on the 16 draft action items in the Federal Data Strategy. 

Event details:
Title: Public Forum: Action Items for Implementing the Federal Data Strategy
Co-hosts: White House OMB and Data Coalition
Where: U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, D.C.
When: Monday, July 8, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. - TBD
Cost: $0
Additional details about the Federal Data Strategy are available at
Data Coalition Members
Booz Allen Hamilton, Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN), Workiva
Partner: DeepBD, Deloitte, Elder Research, SAP, StreamLink Software, Xero
Regular: Alteryx, DataTracks, Delv, FiscalNote, Grant Thornton, Infogroup, Mission Measurement, Qlik, Refinitiv, Tableau, Xcential
Industry: Civic Actions, Esri, Global IDs, Morningstar, OTC Markets, Research Data Group
Startup: HData, idaciti, JMH Associates, LEI.INFO, opencorporates, Rotunda Solutions
Nonprofit: SPARC
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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