November 4, 2016
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  • Coalition Announces 2017 Policy Agenda
  • Fintech Leaders: Time to Modernize Financial Reporting
  • Coalition Seeks Development Direcctor

2017 Policy Agenda: Improved DATA Act, Financial Transparency Act, and OPEN

On Monday, the Data Coalition announced its 2017 Policy Agenda, which summarizes advocacy priorities for the start of the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress.

"Last week, Americans voted to change a government that they perceive as complex, remote, and unaccountable," said Executive Director Hudson Hollister. "Open data can do that. By adopting standardized formats for all its information, then publishing that information as open data, our government can create better transparency to the public, enable data-driven management, and automate compliance tasks. But this can't happen without the right actions by Congress and the President."

Highlights of the 2017 Policy Agenda include:
  • Strengthening the DATA Act. Congress should strengthen the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) by centralizing the Treasury Department's existing authority to apply data standards to all spending information, including procurement reports, grant reports, non-appropriated spending, and checkbook-level payment data.
  • Open Data for Business Reporting. The federal government should transform all reports it collects from the private sector from documents into open data. Congress should pass the proposed Financial Transparency Act, requiring financial agencies to replace document-based reporting with open data. Congress should also lay the foundation for Standard Business Reporting, in which multiple agencies adopt the same open data standard for the information they collect, and which is already saving Australian businesses $1 billion per year.
  • Passing the OPEN Government Data Act. Congress should require all agencies to systematically standardize and publish all data that isn't otherwise restricted. The proposed Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act would take a major step toward that goal.
Read and download the 2017 Policy Agenda:

Fintech Leaders: Time to Modernize Financial Reporting

The Data Coalition and seven other financial and technology organizations today sent a letter to the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives requesting that the committee convene a hearing on the need for regulatory agencies to modernize the way they collect information from public companies, banks, markets, and financial firms. Together, the signatories represent two thousand technology and Fintech companies.

"By replacing disconnected documents and disparate databases with open data, regulators can make reporting cheaper and more transparent without admending its substance," said Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Coalition. "For example, because the Australian regulators adopted a single data dictionary for all the information they collect, as part of the Standard Business Reporting program, Australian companies are saving over $1 billion annually in compliance costs, even even before the system is mandatory. U.S. regulators should do the same, and the 115th Congress can lead the way."

Read the Coalition's press release here.

We’re (Now) Seeking a Development Manager!

The Data Coalition has changed its hiring plan to seek a more senior-level development professional!

We are seeking a full-time Development Manager to help build our campaign for open data. We are the only trade association pursuing the publication of government information as standardized, open data. Through advocacy, outreach, and events, the Coalition supports policy reforms that require governments to transform their information. Interested candidates should submit a resume to

Read the full job description here.


Standard Business Reporting Breakfast Panel, Wednesday, December 7th: The Data Coalition and PwC will host the final breakfast panel of the year. PwC partner Bill Hughes will lead a panel of experts who will explore the potential for the U.S federal government to embrace Standard Business Reporting as Australia and the Netherlands already have. Register here!

When: 7:30 am – 9:00 am, Wednesday, December 7, 2016 
Where: PwC, 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C, 20006

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Data Coalition Members

Research Data Group
Donnelley Financial Solutions

Booz Allen Hamilton
MorganFranklin Consulting
StreamLink Software

BackOffice Associates
Center for Organizational Excellence
CGI Federal
Elder Research
Global IDs
Grant Thornton
Information Builders
Merrill Corporation
PR Newswire

BCL Technologies
Gov-PATH Solutions
Vintun LLC
Zenius Corporation

Trade Association
Object Management Group 


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