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Coalition Commentary
Leadership, Standards, and Coordination Featured Issues at Coalition-White House Forum. The development of the Federal Data Strategy is an effort to better organize and use the vast amounts of information the government collects to improve decision-making. On Monday, July 8, the Data Coalition joined the White House OMB to co-sponsor a public forum gathering feedback on what actions the federal government will undertake over the next year to begin implementing the data strategy. During the forum, 52 speakers – including 12 Data Coalition members – and more than 100 other experts provided input on how to improve the draft plan. In his latest blog, Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart outlines key takeaways and recurring suggestions from the forum. To read the blog as well as the Data Coalition's comments on the Strategy's Draft Action Plan, click here

The Federal Data Strategy is a Trump Plan We Should All Support. The information the American public provides to the federal government each year is valued at $143 billion. In other words, each household in the country provides $1,133 worth of data to the government, spending an average of 90 hours per year filling out tax forms, responding to surveys, or completing documentation to prove eligibility for services. If the American public is going to be burdened to provide this information, shouldn’t the government use it effectively? In a new op-ed for Nextgov, Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart outlines the benefits of the Trump administration's Federal Data Strategy and how it will enhance how government agencies organize, prioritize and share information. Read the full op-ed here

Data Coalition Welcomes New Events and Operations Manager. The Data Coalition is pleased to welcome our new Events and Operations Manager, Dora Engle. In this role, Dora will manage and coordinate the Coalition’s events and be responsible for general office management. Prior to joining the Coalition, she worked for five years at the Bipartisan Policy Center as project coordinator for the financial regulation, economic policy, and evidence projects. Before moving to Washington D.C., Dora worked for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Jess's Picks
Electronic Filing of Nonprofit Tax Returns Signed Into Law. President Trump has signed the final version of a bill requiring the electronic filing of nonprofit tax returns and the release of those forms to the public free of charge in a searchable, machine-readable format. The Taxpayer First Act, a bipartisan Internal Revenue Service reform measure that was passed by Congress in June, makes e-filing of Forms 990 by exempt organizations mandatory beginning with the 2020 tax year. [Philanthropy News Digest]

Industry Calls for Better Tools to Unlock Troves of Federal Data. OMB unveiled its Federal Data Strategy last month, including a 16-point draft action plan to be carried out over the year. That plan calls for several initiatives and pilot programs that stand up a more confederated infrastructure to manage and share the data between agencies, but also to drive innovation by making it more accessible to the public. To do so is going to take a wealth of new technology tools from industry and new policies on how to ensure that data privacy and security are protected, so various private sector officials and other stakeholders offered their insights on what the action plan needs to include at a White House-Data Coalition co-hosted forum on Monday, July 8. [Washington Business Journal]

OMB Asks for Input on Draft of Federal Data Strategy’s Action Plan. The current timeline for the Federal Data Strategy is very ambitious, and it may change depending on what they hear from stakeholders. Nick Hart, CEO of the Data Coalition, says that the current draft stresses both single-agency and multi-agency actions. “There are some agencies that are targeted for specific actions because they are the lead on a given topic. Financial data standards and geospatial data standards are targeted at specific communities,” Hart said. “There are also expectations for every agency across the board. One of the actions says that every agency should have a data governance process." [Government Matters | Data Coalition's Nick Hart interviewed]
OMB Issues Guidance on NARA’s Transition to Electronic Record Keeping. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is set to stop accepting paper-based records at the end of 2022, and OMB has new guidance out to help agencies meet this deadline. OMB is directing agencies to “ensure that all Federal records are created, retained, and managed in electronic formats, with appropriate metadata,” and “develop plans to close agency-operated storage facilities for paper and other, analog records, and transfer those records to Federal Records Centers operated by NARA or commercial storage facilities. [Fedscoop] 
Member News
SAP and Esri Deliver First-Ever Database as a Service to ArcGIS Customers. SAP announced that organizations can now run SAP HANA as the underlying multimodel database service for Esri's ArcGIS system of record. "With Esri ArcGIS powered by SAP HANA now supporting on-premise, cloud and hybrid environments, custo­mers can choose their preferred deployment option to gain substantial performance and scale improvements, while connecting to a much broader set of internal and external data sources for much more powerful spatial analytics and decision-making,” said SAP Senior Vice President of SAP HANA and Analytics Gerrit Kazmaier. [SAP and Esri]

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust Improves Patient Care with Qlik Advanced Analytics. Qlik has partnered with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), to help optimize working practices using data. "While many NHS organizations are realizing the potential of advanced analytics, our work with UHMBT is evidence of how data has the power to disrupt established working practices,” added Sean Price, EMEA director, Industry Solutions – Public Sector and Healthcare at Qlik. "The potential for advanced analytics is proving significant and can be harnessed by the entire public sector to help meet unique challenges and ultimately, help save lives." [Qlik]

DataTracks Upgrades Its System to Support FAST Act Modernization. DataTracks has upgraded its system to support amendments under FAST Act as per the latest version of EDGAR Filer Manual (EFM). "We are excited to be part of SEC's FAST Act modernization and simplification of certain disclosure requirements that provides all material information to investors for their review. To that end, we have upgraded our Rainbow DMS that facilitates filers to seamlessly comply with latest EFM rules without a change to the existing interface," said Pramodh Vittal, Vice President of Opportunities and Product Design at DataTracks. [DataTracks via Yahoo Finance]
GovDATAx, Early Bird Tickets Are Now Available. Society uses data for many reasons that affect how we make decisions. Data can be used to improve government decision making, inform business decisions, or spur innovation. At GovDATAx, we will unite the diverse members of the data community to collaborate on the strategies for unleashing data for the public good. As the country’s premier event about government data policy, GovDATAx will bridge the traditional organizational and disciplinary silos across the data community to focus on shared goals of producing government data that can be responsibly used to improve society. 

Event details:
Co-hosts: Data Coalition and Workiva
Where: Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 - $195 (Early bird rate available for a limited time)
Sponsorship opportunities: contact Sarah Kerner, Director of Partnerships
Data Driven Government. The Data Driven Government conference, hosted by Elder Research, Rising Media, and Prediction Impact, is focused on helping government executives to share and discuss emerging trends and best practices of how government agencies are currently using data analytics to enhance mission outcomes. A practically-focused, vendor-neutral conference, Data Driven Government advances the deployment of analytics and data science within Federal, State, and Local government to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse, automate manual processes, and drive smarter decisions by extracting actionable insights from the vast quantities of data within government agencies.

Event details:
Where: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036
When: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Cost: $395 - $655
Data Coalition Members
Booz Allen Hamilton, Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN), Workiva
Partner: DeepBD, Deloitte, Elder Research, SAP, StreamLink Software, Xero
Regular: Alteryx, DataTracks, Delv, FiscalNote, Grant Thornton, Infogroup, Mission Measurement, Qlik, Refinitiv, Tableau, Xcential
Industry: Civic Actions, Esri, Global IDs, Morningstar, OTC Markets, Research Data Group
Startup: HData, idaciti, JMH Associates, LEI.INFO, opencorporates, Phyton Consulting, Rotunda Solutions
Nonprofit: SPARC
Trade Association: Object Management Group, XBRL-US

Mission: We advocate on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for government data to be accessible, high-quality, and used to enhance accountability, improve government effectiveness, reduce compliance costs, and stimulate innovation.
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