June 3, 2016
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The latest:
  • Top 4 Takeaways from DATA Act Summit 2016 + Presenters' Slides!
  • Media Coverage from the Summit 
  • New OPEN Government Data Act Resource!

Top 4 Takeaways from DATA Act Summit 2016!

1. Special Congressional DATA Demo: Chairman Mark Meadows of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on government operations introduced the first-ever comprehensive  DATA Act visualization of agency spending. 
2. Liberating Data from DUNS: In his Plenary Address, Coalition executive director Hudson Hollister explained how the government's continued use of the proprietary DUNS Number to identify grantees and contractors imperils the success of the DATA Act. Unless the government moves to a non-proprietary identification code, public spending data will remain unavailable for full reuse by the public. At the Summit, OMB promised to conduct a public alternatives analysis to evaluate alternate identification codes, such as the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI). Last February, the Coalition called on OMB to end the use of the DUNS Number in a formal comment letter.

3. How the DATA Act Empowers Federal CFOs: Our Financial Management Breakout, sponsored by Deloitte, featured three financial management executives who are using DATA Act standards to organize internal spending information. SBA deputy CFO Tim Gribben explained that DATA Act standards give him better visibility into award-level data than his office has ever had. DATA Act standards also allow CFOs to retain visibility into their spending information after migrating to a shared service.
4. Ahead: Treasury/OMB Outreach and May 2017 Deadline. Treasury and OMB are working with agencies to help them align spending information to the DATA Act standards. Agencies must begin reporting standardized spending information by May 9, 2017.
View presenters' slides here

Media Coverage from DATA Act Summit 

Time is ripe to dump the DUNS, industry data group says
The Office of Management and Budget seems to be exploring possible alternatives to the proprietary standard that agencies have used for decades to identify companies and organizations that win federal grants and contract awards.  

OMB leaders indicated at a recent DATA Coalition summit that they will conduct an alternatives analysis to the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which the federal government uses through a contract with the company Dun & Bradstreet.
Continue reading here

DATA Act authors worry about law's future
Two authors of the legislation that requires federal agencies to standardize and publish spending information say more work needs to be done to make sure the law doesn’t fall by the wayside when the next administration takes over. Continue reading here

Presidential Politics Endangers the DATA Act
Proponents of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) worry that a change in presidential administration could derail the progress made to release Federal financial data to the public.

“One of the biggest challenges, I think, is the change in administration,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., at the DATA Act Summit held on Thursday. Both he and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said that worry over the changing administration was the biggest DATA Act problem to keep them up at night. Continue reading here

This Week in Civic Tech: Congress Voices Concern over DATA Act Pilot, Two Startups Help San Francisco
Officials attempting to open federal financial data are encountering obstacles after a pilot program was delayed and Congress and data advocates made allegations of mismanagement. Continue reading here

New OPEN Government Data Act Resource!

On May 25, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously approved S. 2852, the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act. The sweeping open data proposal will set a presumption that all public federal information should be expressed in searchable formats and freely available for everyone to use.

The OPEN Government Data Act will require every agency to use open, machine-readable data standards for its information. This provision will make the use of proprietary standards, such as the DUNS Number, legally questionable. The bill also requires every agency to publish an inventory of its data assets to prioritize the most valuable information to be transformed into open data.

Check out our new Open Government Data Act web page!
Building the next USASpending.Gov, out in the open
Warner ‘cautiously optimistic’ on DATA Act rollout
What went wrong with DATA Act pilot?
Data demo day highlights benefits of open, searchable legislative data

Data Coalition Members

Research Data Group
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StreamLink Software

BackOffice Associates
Center for Organizational Excellence
CGI Federal
Elder Research
Global IDs
Grant Thornton
Information Builders
IRIS Business Services
Merrill Corporation
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BCL Technologies
Gov-PATH Solutions
Zenius Corporation

Trade Association
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