July 29, 2016
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The latest:
  • Coalition to SEC: Replace Corporate Disclosure Documents with Open Data
  • At AGA Convention, Treasury Presents First Live Demo of DATA Act Broker
  • First-ever DATA Act Research Paper Unveiled 
  • DATA Act Sessions Proposed for Worldwide Open Government Partnership Summit

Coalition to SEC: Replace Corporate Disclosure Documents with Open Data

In April, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a 341-page Concept Release exploring the future of corporate disclosure in the United States. On July 21st the Data Coalition responded.

Last week's comment letter called for the SEC to completely replace its current system of old-fashioned, plain-text disclosure documents with open data.

This is the Coalition’s third major appeal for the SEC to transform its disclosure system. We provided a detailed comment on the agency’s strategic plan in March 2014 and submitted a full road map for open data transformation to the agency’s Division of Corporation Finance in October 2015.

Continue reading the Coalition's latest blog here

At AGA Convention, Treasury Presents First Live Demo of DATA Act Broker

The Treasury Department's open source DATA Act broker - a web-based tool that ingests federal agencies' spending data, validates it, and converts it into the Treasury Department's government-wide spending data format - got its first public appearance last week.

At the annual Association of Government Accountants training convention in Anaheim, California, Deputy Assistant Secretary Christina Ho joined Treasury and Department of Justice staff to unleash the DATA Act broker on DoJ spending data. The broker successfully ingested real data from DoJ's financial and award systems, uncovered an error inserted for the purpose, and created a final submission consistent with the DATA Act Schema.

The Data Coalition hopes to soon host a similar demonstration in Washington.

The AGA convention lineup included no fewer than nine DATA Act sessions - showing that the transformation of federal spending from disconnected documents into open data is at the top of federal financial managers' agenda. The Data Foundation, the Data Coalition's sister organization, published its first-ever research project, DATA Act: Vision & Value, telling the DATA Act's story and describing its future challenges.

First-ever DATA Act Research Paper Unveiled 

Last week the Data Foundation and MorganFranklin Consulting unveiled the first-ever in-depth research paper on the DATA Act. The DATA Act: Vision and Value paper describes the law’s history and mandates, surveys its benefits, and outlines the challenges it faces. The DATA Act seeks to transform how spending for the largest, most complex organization in human history—the U.S. federal government—is collected, tracked, and used. By transforming federal spending information from disconnected documents into standardized, open data, the DATA Act promises better transparency for citizens, better management for agencies, anti-fraud analytics for inspectors general and Congress, and automated compliance for grantees and contractors. 
Read and download the paper here!
From the Paper: Federal Spending Life Cycle

DATA Act Sessions Proposed for Worldwide Open Government Partnership Summit

This December in France the Open Government Partnership (OGP) will host the OGP Global Summit. The OGP Global Summit 2016 will take place in Paris, France on December 7, 8 and 9.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has submitted two proposals: Using Standardized Financial Data: Creating Value for the Public Good and Open Implementation: Strengthening Outcomes with Public Input. Both proposals will explain how Treasury is leading the U.S. domestic effort to transform federal spending information into open data.

The OGP will decide whether to feature these sessions if they receive enough votes from open government government supporters around the world.

We invite you to vote for the two proposals! 


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.

DT2016 is our fourth annual policy conference, hosted for the first time by the Coalition's sister organization, the Data Foundation.
Register Here!
Note: Complimentary tickets are offered to government employees. 
When: 8:00am - 5:30pm, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Where: Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Media inquiries: Contact Jessica Yabsley at
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Data Coalition Members

Research Data Group
RR Donnelley

Booz Allen Hamilton
MorganFranklin Consulting
StreamLink Software

BackOffice Associates
Center for Organizational Excellence
CGI Federal
Elder Research
Global IDs
Grant Thornton
Information Builders
IRIS Business Services
Merrill Corporation
PR Newswire

BCL Technologies
Gov-PATH Solutions
Vintun LLC
Zenius Corporation

Trade Association
Object Management Group 


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