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Thursday, October 17, 2019
**Just under two weeks until GovDATAx!**

Note: The next issue of DC News will be released on November 14.
Coalition Commentary
Data Coalition Obtains Documents Indicating Labor Department is Constraining Resources for Evaluating Program Effectiveness. The Data Coalition acquired documents through a Freedom of Information Act request that suggest the U.S. Labor Department continues to suppress resources for studying whether and how well the country’s labor policies work. “The Labor Department’s continued underfunding of evaluation activities is extremely disappointing," said Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart in a statement. “Prioritizing resources for implementing [the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act (Evidence Act)] will ensure the agency is responsibly using data to study the programs funded in the department’s $12 billion annual budget.”
Jess's Picks
Building the Public’s Trust in AI Is Key to Coming Guidance, White House Official Says. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has offered fresh details into a memo being developed to help foster public trust and build agencies’ confidence in regulating artificial intelligence technologies. The order also calls for the establishment of AI technical standards, and efforts to limit the barriers around testing the technology and accelerating adoption. [Nextgov]

Are Federal CDOs Being Set Up to Fail? Empowering agencies’ chief data officers (CDO) means freeing them from other roles and responsibilities, according to a new white paper. The Data Foundation and Deloitte interviewed preexisting CDOs for the “Future of Open Data” study and found that assigning part-time CDOs will “undermine the intent and spirit” of the Evidence Act. [Fedscoop]

Regtech Transforms Growing Rules Compliance at Financial Institutions. Digital document management eliminates the need for manual transfer of reams of paper. Regtech helps banks stay ahead of the curve on new client protection rules. Regulators are also using technology to make the data collected more transparent. The Financial Transparency Act would authorize the Treasury Department secretary to create uniform, machine-readable standards for securities, commodities and banking regulators. [Toolbox.com]
 
GSA Centers of Excellence Initiative Adding an AI Focus. The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative is adding artificial intelligence (AI) to its list of modernization areas it will work on with federal agencies. This new CoE comes on the heels of GSA’s announcement at the end of September of a partnership with the Pentagon’s Joint AI Center, the fifth partner for the initiative and the third this year. [Federal Times]

Where Does the Federal Data Strategy Go From Here? Evidence Panel Members Revisit Ideas. Before the Trump administration issued the one-year action plan of its Federal Data Strategy this spring, the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking laid the foundation for the strategy’s goals in a report to the president and Congress. While the administration has moved ahead with other steps outlined in the legislation, former commission members say it’s time for Congress to reconsider some of its unanimous recommendations that never got off the ground. [Federal News Network | Data Coalition's Nick Hart quoted]
Industry News
DFIN Recognized as Leader in Innovation and Investment Regulatory Reporting With Recent Award Wins. Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN) announced that FundSuiteArc, the company's investment records management solution, was awarded the Fund Intelligence Operations and Service Award for Best Regulatory Reporting Solution. This award comes on the heels of also winning the 2019 NICSA NOVA Award for Innovation in Product and Marketing. [DFIN]

Workiva Receives FedRAMP Moderate Authorization. Workiva has been authorized as a Moderate Impact Cloud Service Provider under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). “Our higher level of authorization enables us to help federal agencies connect, control and report up to 80 percent of their information types, which are classified up to the moderate-impact level," said Marty Vanderploeg, CEO of Workiva. [Workiva]

SAP Sets Course for the Future with Next-Generation Leadership Team. SAP has announced that Bill McDermott is stepping down from his position as chief executive officer. SAP Executive Board Members Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein have been appointed co-chief executive officers. “When you look at where we were and where we are, I simply could not be prouder of what this company has achieved over the past decade," said McDermott. "I am thankful for the opportunity to lead one of the world’s finest companies." [SAP]
 
Alteryx Acquires Feature Labs to Advance Machine Learning for the Enterprise. Alteryx has acquired Feature Labs, a data science software company launched out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology that automates feature engineering for machine learning and AI applications. The acquisition of Feature Labs will further enable Alteryx to help organizations empower every data worker to fill the data science and machine learning talent gap. [Alteryx]
Upcoming Events
Building on the Evidence Act. On October 29, Results for America and the Data Coalition will host a conversation with federal agency leaders and senior Congressional staff about the latest developments in evidence-based policymaking and the ways federal agencies and Congress can leverage the Evidence Act to strengthen those efforts. At the event, Results for America will also release the 2019 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence, which has been charting and promoting federal agency progress on using evidence and data since 2013.

Event Details
Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building, 50 Constitution Avenue Northeast, Room G-50, Washington, D.C. 20002
When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary
Registerhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-congress-and-federal-agencies-are-improving-lives-with-evidence-data-tickets-73026998719
Less Than Two Weeks Until GovDATAx. The Data Coalition and Workiva are hosting our premier data policy summit, GovDATAx, at the end of the month on Wednesday, October 30. We are excited to host champions of evidence-based policymaking, data-driven government, and regulatory modernization as they lead crucial conversations about how to unleash data for the public good.

Featured speakers include:
  • Robert Jackson, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission 
  • Karen Dunn Kelley, Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce
  • Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets and Vice-Chair of the Joint Economic Committee
  • Paul Ryan, former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
Join hundreds of leaders from across the public sector, businesses, non-profits, and academia to discuss the future of data policy.

Event details:
Where: Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (reception and Datum Awards ceremony to follow from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.)
Cost: $35 - $230 
Registerhttps://www.govdatax.com/registration
Sponsorship opportunities: contact Sarah Kerner, Director of Partnerships
Evaluation 2019. The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is hosting Evaluation 2019, in Minneapolis from November 13 - 16. This year’s conference will include more than 40 professional development workshops, feature 700 evaluation presenters, and connect attendees with a community of more than 3,000 evaluators. Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart will be participating in a panel on the Evidence Act.

Event Details
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
When: Wednesday, November 13 - Saturday, November 16, 2019
Cost: $160 - 475
Registerhttps://www.evaluationconference.org/p/cm/ld/fid=694
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Data Coalition Members
Executive: 
Booz Allen Hamilton, Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN), Workiva
Partner: DeepBD, Deloitte, Elder Research, Mission Measurement, SAP, StreamLink Software, Xero
Regular: Alteryx, DataTracks, Delv, Grant Thornton, Infogroup, Qlik, Refinitiv, Tableau, Xcential
Industry: AEM Corporation, CivicActions, Esri, Global IDs, Industrial Economics Incorporated, Morningstar, OTC Markets, Research Data Group
Startup: HData, idaciti, JMH Associates, LEI.INFO, opencorporates, Phyton Consulting, Rotunda Solutions, Thinknum
Nonprofit: SPARC, USAFacts
Trade Association: Object Management Group, XBRL-US

Mission: We advocate for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and useable.
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