October 8, 2015 
Data Transparency News
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The latest:
  • Senate DATA Act Author: What Happened to Recipient Reporting?
  • A Double-Barrelled Solution when Open Data is Both Structured and
  • In Case You Missed It: Top 5 Takeaways from #DT2015
  • New Video on the DATA Act and the Transformation of Public-Sector Spending!
  • Join Us and PwC for breakfast - and Explore Data Innovations in Financial Management. 

Senate DATA Act Author: What Happened to Recipient Reporting?

From left to right: Senator Rob Portman and Comptroller General Dodaro.
Last week, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio—who, alongside Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, co-authored the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA  Act)—raised questions about the law’s implementation at a Senate Committee on Finance hearing.

The DATA Act transformation has two parts. First, by May 2017, agencies must start reporting their spending using new, government-wide data standards announced earlier this year by the Treasury Department and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Second, under Section 5 of the new law, OMB must run a pilot program to test whether the new data standards allow recipients of grants and contracts to submit their required reports more efficiently. OMB’s pilot program has, so far, failed to launch. Read more in this Data Coalition blog post

Member Spotlight: Ez-XBRL

What if Open Data is Structured and Unstructured? Use a Double-Barrelled Solution.

Some of the newest analytics applications are double-barreled, in a sense. They can derive insights from structured and unstructured data sets that are related to one another. Ez-XBRL’s Contexxia platform is one such application. Contexxia can recognize when prose from a public company’s MD&A is related to numbers in the accompanying financial statement. For more, read the latest Data Coalition blog post

In Case You Missed It: Top 5 Takeaways from #DT2015

Open data experts from across the country convened in Washington, DC last month for Data Transparency 2015. The program, featuring more than 50 speakers, focused on the need for standardization and publication of government data.

DT2015 covered all three of the areas where key policy changes are transforming government data in the United States. Whether you cared about government management and the DATA Act, market data and the Financial Transparency Act, or transforming Congressional information from documents into open data – there was something at DT2015 for you. Read more in this Data Coalition blog post.

New Video on the DATA Act and the Transformation of Public-Sector Spending!

Coalition Executive Director Hudson Hollister joined the Treasury of Brazil by video this week to explore the data-driven transformation of public-sector spending. For his address to the 5th Annual International Congress of Cost Accounting and Quality of Expenditure on Public Sector, click here.

Upcoming Events!

Join us for Breakfast - and Explore Data Innovations in Financial Management!

Note: All government employees are offered complimentary registration.

When: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:30am -9:00am.

  • Tim Gribben, Deputy CFO, Small Business Administration
  • Mark Reger, Deputy Controller, Office of Management and Budget (invited)
  • Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition
  • Joe Kull, PwC, former Deputy Controller, Office of Management and Budget

Where: PwC, 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20006

Kindly presented by

October 13-16: Predictive Analytics World for Government's 5th Annual Conference. To register click here

October 23: Second Congressional Hackathon. To RSVP, go here

October 26-28: 2015 Socrata Customer Summit

This year’s Socrata Customer Summit will bring together over 500 government technology practitioners and innovators to have open and honest conversations about the future of digital government. For more information click here

Note: Federal employees are invited to take advantage of complimentary registration! Just use your .gov to register for a complimentary badge - email

November 19: Tableau Government Summit: The Power of Data Analytics

Tableau's second annual complimentary 2015 Government Summit is an opportunity to hear from experts and thought-leaders across Federal and State Government organizations who are tapping into the power of data analytics. Throughout the day you'll have the opportunity to network with peers, connect with speakers, and network with Tableau representatives. To register click here.


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The Data Transparency Coalition advocates on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for the publication of government information as standardized, machine-readable data. Data transparency strengthens democratic accountability, enhances government management, reduces compliance costs, and stimulates innovation.
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