April 6, 2017
Data Coalition News
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The latest: 
  • Industry Endorses Open Data 
  • Bipartisan, Bicameral OPEN Government Data Act Reintroduced
  • New Bill Would Bring Transparency and Openness for Federal Laws 
  • DATA Act Breakfast and First-ever DATA Act Hackathon

Industry Endorses Open Data 

Yesterday, the Data Coalition and 81 other trade associations, NGOs, tech and consulting firms sent a letter to Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member McCaskill of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee, and Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings of the House Oversight Committee supporting the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act  (S. 760, H.R. 1770).

Signatories included: CompTIA, Amazon Web Services, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Esri, Experian, and the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center.

A similar letter was sent last year to the same Senate and House Committees with just over 40 signatories. 

Read the full letter here.

Bipartisan, Bicameral OPEN Government Data Act Reintroduced

Last week on March 29, a bicameral and bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the OPEN Government Data Act (S. 760, H.R. 1770). The OPEN Government Data Act will require all federal agencies to publish their information online, using non-proprietary, machine-readable data formats. Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Representatives Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) led the reintroduction.

The bill codifies and expands the 2013 government-wide Open Data policy (“Open Data Policy-Managing Information as an Asset”, M-13-13), which has been integrated into agency policy for the past three years.

The OPEN Government Data Act will:

  • Push federal agencies to publish all their data sets in a truly accessible manner, as machine-readable data, using open formats;
  • Help map all federal data sets through the creation of Enterprise Data Inventories, maintained by agency Chief Information Officers and tracked by the GSA’s, a single portal for publicly sharing all open government data assets;
  • Create expectations for agencies to improve the quality of open government data assets by establishing agency guidelines;
  • Challenge the government’s current use of the proprietary DUNS Number to identify grantees and contractors, which gives Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., itself a private-sector contractor, a protected and profitable monopoly over federal award data;
  • Empower agency Chief Information Officers with oversight over data asset management, formatting, compilation of the agency Enterprise Data Inventory, reviewing best practices and public engagement, ensuring agency IT infrastructure can support open data, and ensuring that agencies use their own data assets to improve operations; and
  • Write meaningful open data definitions into US law to enable smarter legislation in the future.
Continue reading the Coalition's press release here

New Bill Would Bring Transparency and Openness for Federal Laws

Congressman David Brat (R-VA) and Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) reintroduced the Statutes at Large Modernizations Act (SALMA) (H.R. 1729) last Tuesday, March 28. If enacted, SALMA would put all historical federal laws online in a machine-readable, open data format.

“Congress must adopt a comprehensive open data structure for all legislative materials including bills, amendments, and enacted laws,” said Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Coalition. “The Statutes at Large Modernization Act will transform the Statutes at Large from outdated documents and PDFs to open, machine-readable data. Citizens, journalists, reporters and Congress itself will benefit.”

About SALMA:

  • The US Code is not a complete history of US laws. While the US Code organizes (a process called “codification”) all public laws (“Pub.L.”) by subject matter, the US Statutes at Large lists them sequentially, the way they were originally passed by Congress. Therefore the US Code does not include repealed laws, original laws prior to being amended, private laws (“Pvt. L.”) affecting individuals or small groups, or cyclical bills with limited duration such as annual Congressional appropriations or infrastructure projects.
  • SALMA directs the Government Publishing Office to lead the online digitization of the Statutes at Large, collaboration with other Federal and private entities with expertise in developing formatting conventions legislative materials... 

Continue reading the Data Coalition's press release here


DATA Act Breakfast and Hackathon: Federal Spending Unleashed, April 27-28: Under the DATA Act, every agency in the U.S. federal government will begin reporting its spending information as standardized data – creating the most valuable open data set in the world. The Data Coalition and Booz Allen Hamilton invite you to a breakfast panel discussion for a front-row seat on the first fruits of the DATA Act. Register for the breakfast here or here.

Following the breakfast, Booz Allen Hamilton will host the first-ever DATA Act Hackathon. Data enthusiasts are invited to form teams to tackle the newly-available data sets and create applications to benefit all the users of federal spending information. DATA Act Hackathon winners will be announced at a reception on Friday evening, April 28th. Register a team here
DATA Act Training, June 8: On June 8, the Data Foundation will host its third DATA Act Training Day! The intensive full day training will take a deep dive into the first-ever DATA Act data set. The Training Day will be an opportunity to see first-hand how the Treasury Department is utilizing the federal spending data set. Attendees will learn what insights Treasury and other agencies are discovering from the data set.  Join us in the classroom! Register here
DATA Act Summit, June 29: 2017 is a momentous year for technology in government. By May, the U.S. executive branch will begin publishing its spending information as standardized and open data under a deadline set by the DATA Act.

The Data Coalition's fourth annual DATA Act Summit will be an opportunity to experience the transformation of federal spending from disconnected documents into useful data. We will bring together the Congressional allies and administration officials who are driving these changes; the agency leaders who are using newly-standardized data to derive new insights; the nonprofit advocates who are supporting data-driven accountability; and the technology companies whose solutions are doing the work. Register here.
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Data Coalition Members

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Donnelley Financial Solutions

Booz Allen Hamilton
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StreamLink Software

Center for Organizational Excellence
CGI Federal
Elder Research
Grant Thornton
Information Builders
PR Newswire

Notice and Comment

Trade Association
Object Management Group 


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