June 4, 2015
Data Transparency News
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The latest:
  • New Members Boost Coalition's Campaign for Data Transparency
  • Coalition and Sunlight Foundation Pen Letter of Support for DataOhio Initiative
  • 5 Reasons Not to Miss DATA Act Summit 2015
  • Administration Requests DATA Act Funding
  • California Bill to Establish a Statewide Open Data Portal Passes State Senate

New Members Boost Coalition's Campaign for Data Transparency

Illustration by Oliver Munday

When the Data Transparency Coalition was founded by Teradata and other companies in 2012, its goal was to build a broad membership base of technology companies. The founders believed that industry supporters could join forces with nonprofit data transparency advocates, such as the Sunlight Foundation, to successfully pursue crucial policy changes.
It was clear, then as now, that unless tech companies actively supported the transformation of government information from disconnected documents into open data, reforms like the DATA Act wouldn't happen. Slowly in 2012, then faster in 2013 and 2014, large and small companies joined the Coalition, embracing the DATA Act to transform federal spending and similar reforms to transform other areas of government information. Thanks to this growth, the DATA Act became law in May 2014.
In January 2015, the Coalition announced an ambitious policy agenda covering three areas: government management, markets and economy, and law and regulation. The Data Transparency Agenda included (1) fully implementing the DATA Act, (2) pursuing legislation to transform financial regulatory reporting, and (3) attacking legislative and judicial information in the same way. The success of the Data Transparency Agenda would require larger efforts, more support, and more members.
In recent months, the necessary support has been building. The Coalition has been thrilled to welcome the following new and upgraded corporate members:
  • February 2015: GovPATH, Socrata (upgrade), Booz Allen Hamilton (upgrade)
  • March 2015: Xcential, LexisNexis
  • April 2015: REI Systems, Global IDs, Ez-XBRL (upgrade), Posiba, FindTheBest
  • May 2015: BackOffice Associates, Grant Thornton, BCL Technologies
  • June 2015: Fujitsu, CohnReznick, StreamLink Software (upgrade)
Coalition members don't merely enable the Coalition's work with their financial support. By investing their time to engage with policymakers, participate in events like the DATA Act Summit, and demonstrate solutions, they make the essential case for transforming government information into standardized, open data. Coalition members' solutions can republish, analyze, and automate government information, building new value for citizens, investors, and government itself - but only if that information is expressed as open data instead of disconnected documents.
The Coalition's growth will lead to the transformation of federal spendingfinancial regulation, and more - and its members, old and new, deserve the credit.

Coalition and Sunlight Foundation Pen Letter of Support for DataOhio Initiative

The Data Transparency Coalition and the Sunlight Foundation wrote this week in support of the DataOhio Initiative (HB 324) introduced by State Representatives Christina Hagan and Mike Duffey. The proposal will enable greater access to public information and streamline cross-agency data-sharing.

Full letter of support available here.

5 Reasons Not to Miss DATA Act Summit 2015

In a clear and obvious attempt to tap into your FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) tendencies, we have compiled 5 reasons you shouldn't even think about missing our second annual #DATASummit next week!

  1. Over 500 open data leaders. The DATA Act Summit will be by far the largest event focused on federal spending data, ever.
  2. Government-wide reach. Nearly every major federal agency will be participating and half our registrants are federal employees.
  3. Nader & Norquist. A special colloquium between former presidential candidate Ralph Nader and Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist will explore how different ideologies can agree on the need for open data in federal spending.
  4. CIGIE Chair Michael Horowitz. A morning keynote address will be delivered by Michael Horowitz, chair of the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency.
  5. Senator Mark Warner. An afternoon keynote address will be delivered by Senator Mark Warner, who first introduced the Senate version of the DATA Act in 2011. 
Full DATASummit details.


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Administration Requests DATA Act Funding

A Statement of Administration Policy released by the White House on June 1, 2015 urged Congress to fully fund the FY 2016 Budget request for DATA Act implementation, stating the funding will support agencies' efforts to provide more transparency federal spending data.

Full SAP available here.
California Bill to Establish Statewide Open Data Portal Passes State Senate

Dr. Richard Pan’s Senate Bill 573, which would require California to adopt an open-data policy that will foster economic development, boost transparency and accountability, and reduce workloads while increasing cost saving at our state agencies, was passed by the State Senate today on a vote of 28 to 11.

SB 573 will be heard next in the State Assembly.
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The Evolution of Government Financial Transparency
A Year Later, DATA Act Reflects the Value of Open Information



Teradata Corporation
Research Data Group
RR Donnelley

Booz Allen Hamilton
StreamLink Software

Accenture Federal
BackOffice Associates
Center for Organizational Excellence
CGI Federal
Elder Research
Global IDs
Grant Thornton
Information Builders
IRIS Business Services
Level One Technologies
PR Newswire
REI Systems

3 Round Stones
BCL Technologies
Gov-PATH Solutions

Trade Association
Object Management Group 


About Us

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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