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June 28, 2017
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  • TOMORROW: The DATA Act Summit. Last chance to register!

Breaking down the DATA Act Summit – what not to miss!

Our DATA Act Summit is happening this Thursday, June 29th, thanks to Booz Allen Hamilton and our other sponsors. This event may be our fourth annual, but it will be different.

For the first time in history, the U.S. government has published a single open data set covering all its spending.

This data set is changing the way the federal government manages itself. It will be the centerpiece of our event.

And you’re invited to hear from all the folks who made it possible.

Senator Portman, and Reps. Issa and Connolly Keynotes: Champions of open data

Shortly after the Summit begins, Congressman Gerry Connolly, an original cosponsor of the DATA Act and a longtime champion of successful government management reform legislation, will discuss how the DATA Act can enable Congressional oversight and government management reform. Later in the morning, Senator Robert Portman, a leading senator for open data reform and an original DATA Act cosponsor, will take the summit stage to discuss the long-term vision and value of the DATA Act for government and citizens.

Carrying the momentum through the day, Congressman Darrell Issa, the original author of the DATA Act, will take the stage to discuss his law’s inspiration, history, and ultimate vision.

Bipartisan Congressional support for the DATA Act is one of the reasons why the drive for implementation has remained so strong, and culminated in the successful publication of the data set last month.

White House innovation leaders: using open data to modernize government

Track 1 of the DATA Act Summit will be all about using standardized data for government management.

One of the highlights will be our White House panel. Matt Lira, Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy, and Matt Cutts, who leads the U.S. Digital Service, will lay out the new administration’s goals for modernizing our government through technology. The DATA Act’s searchable, consistent data set will empower efforts to reorganize agencies and repurpose investments.

Show us the data!

In Track 2, the women of Treasury’s DATA Act implementation office will be addressing the nitty-gritty details of this historic federal development project. Treasury leaders will walk you through the new agency reporting website, beta.usaspending.gov, and discuss how the DATA Act Information Model Schema (DAIMS) represents the most valuable government-wide data model.

Following this, you will have an opportunity to see first-hand what the data can truly do.  In our analytics panel, the winners of last April’s DATA Act Hackathon will showcase their  findings, including analysis of federal anti-homelessness programs, a historical evaluation of federal grants on local economies, and a visualization mapping Congressional appropriations to specific programs. Winners include Booz Allen Hamilton, Kearney & Company, and Qlik.

Finally, you’ll hear from inspectors general about plans to audit agency data reporting quality with a discussion of the DATA Act’s impact on combatting programmatic waste, fraud, and abuse.

Transforming federal grant management

In Track 3, leaders from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency will participate in panel discussions about the need to adopt a standardized data structure for grant reporting. Our panels will explore how standardizing the data fields and formats of the hundreds of document-based grant reporting forms could bring efficiency for grantees and transparency for agencies and the public.

This is no small need. The U.S. federal government awards more than $600 billion in grants each year to state agencies, local and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations.

Join us TOMORROW! Register here. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DATA Act Demo Day, June 28: Today, June 28th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is hosting our Coalition for a DATA Act Demo Day. This will be a unique opportunity to get a first-hand view of DATA Act solutions.

We will be joined by Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC-11), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-4), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO-2) who will deliver remarks. 

Where: Room: 2203, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
When: Wednesday, June 28th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Note: No registration required. 
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