Thursday, December 12, 2019
**Due to the year-end holidays, this is the final edition of DC News for 2019. See you in 2020!**
Coalition Commentary
Writing the Next Chapter for Evidence-Based Policymaking. The United States government is rapidly progressing in implementing new laws and guidance on evidence-based policymaking, data-driven government, and open data. During GovDATAx, Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley suggested a metaphorical book on evidence-based policymaking for the U.S. is being written, with new chapters every year. Data Coalition members met with senior leadership at the Department of Commerce to discuss the next chapter leading into 2020 and beyond. 
Data Coalition CEO to Join Open Government Data Panel at SXSW 2020. The Data Coalition's panel discussion, “‘In the Know’ with Open Government Data,” co-submitted with the Department of the Treasury, has been selected to be a part of South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, on March 16, 2020. CEO Nick Hart will represent the Data Coalition and our growing membership on the panel. We're excited to discuss how leading public data innovators are using open data to promote government transparency and accountability to solve important issues facing the public.

ICYMI: Data Coalition Commends Extension of Bipartisan House Modernization Committee. On November 14, 2019, the House of Representatives voted to extend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. As supporters of this extension, the Data Coalition is excited to see the Committee's bipartisan work of improving House technology, data utilization, transparency, and accessibility continue. 
Jess's Picks
Schatz, Murkowski Urge Passage of Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize Critical Role of Census, Importance of Full And Accurate Count. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have introduced a bipartisan resolution to ensure the 2020 Census is fair and accurate. The resolution encourages individuals, families, and households across the U.S. to take part in the Census so that all communities can be counted. The Data Coalition, as well as a number of other organizations, support this resolution. [Office of Senator Brian Schatz]

Center on Rural Innovation Unveils the Rural Opportunity Map: a Unique, Data-Driven Framework to Foster Economic Success in Small Towns. At the U.S. Census Bureau's Opportunity Project Demo Day and Summit, the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) launched the Rural Opportunity Map, a suite of data visualization and mapping tools to help local leaders, national policymakers, investors, and donors see the potential in rural America. The tool contains hundreds of datasets curated to give insights into tech- and innovation-based economic development strategies and opportunities. [CORI]

Chief Statistician Nancy Potok, Driving Force Behind Data Transformation, to Retire by Year's End. After serving as chief statistician for nearly three years and playing a major role in the administration’s rollout of the Federal Data Strategy and the Evidence Act, Nancy Potok will retire by the end of this year. “Under Nancy Potok’s leadership, the Federal Statistical System has thrived while preparing for emerging needs in coming years related to simultaneously managing privacy and encouraging data sharing," wrote Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart. [Federal News Network | Data Coalition's Nick Hart quoted]

Can Blockchain Smooth Grant Management? The Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have teamed up to explore how using blockchain could add value to NSF and its hundreds of grant recipients. “If this works out, this could be a seismic shift of low-value work across the government, across universities, and enable us to shift to more high-value things like data analytics and service and mission delivery,” says NSF Deputy CFO Mike Wetklow. [GCN]
Industry News
Balancing Act: Chief Data Officers Must Ensure the Right Mix of Trust and Governance. As the amount of data flowing through business increases and the pace of decision-making accelerates, data management has become ‘the’ hot topic for boards. Companies need help setting up systems and strategies for good data governance, and they need these as quickly as possible. So, who can businesses turn to craft and maintain this delicate balance? Look no further than the chief data officer (CDO). [Tableau via Information Age]

Improving the 2020 Census with GIS Technology. Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, recently appeared on Government Matters to discuss how the company's geographic information system (GIS) technology is helping the Census Bureau conduct the quickest and most accurate count possible for the 2020 Census. [Esri via Government Matters]

Deloitte Announces Flagship Enterprise “Safe Passage” Program powered by Amazon Web Services for SAP Customers. Deloitte announced the launch of its “Safe Passage” program in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) - a portfolio of services and solutions designed to help SAP-enabled companies to evolve towards becoming a Kinetic Enterprise - always ready-to-respond amidst the rapid evolution of business, technology, industry, economic and geopolitical environments. [Deloitte, AWS, and SAP]

Why CDOs are Pivotal to Transformational Change. IDC forecasts a tenfold increase in worldwide data by 2025, which is why the CDO is proving to be one of the key change agents tasked with leading data-driven transformation. If your organization produces data and isn’t maximizing it in a way that delivers a competitive advantage, you’re well behind the eight ball and likely need a CDO-like figure to help you get there. [Qlik via CEO Magazine]
Upcoming Events
Bring Your Data to Life with Integrated GIS. What does the life of a data point look like as it becomes actionable information? In a webinar hosted by member Esri, participants will explore this process and learn how to turn a data table into a dynamic data set, which can be managed in the office or the field. Participants will leave with ideas about how to leverage an integrated GIS to accommodate your organization's mission, while simultaneously streamlining the steps to get from raw data to apps, maps, and other effective information products.

Event Details
When: Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
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Data Coalition Members
AWS, Booz Allen Hamilton, Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN), Workiva
Partner: DeepBD, Deloitte, Elder Research, Mission Measurement, SAP, StreamLink Software, Xero
Regular: Alteryx, DataTracks, DataRobot, 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: AlyData, HData, idaciti, JMH Associates, LEI.INFO,, opencorporates, Phyton Consulting, Rotunda Solutions, Thinknum
Nonprofit: SPARC, USAFacts
Trade Association: Object Management Group, XBRL-US

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