August 25, 2016
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  • Rep. Hultgren: How to Stop the Next Bernie Madoff
  • Coalition Tells Agencies: Open Government Plans Need Open Data!

Rep. Hultgren: How to Stop the Next Bernie Madoff

Rep. Randy Hultgren published this op-ed in The Guardian last week:

During the fallout of the Madoff Ponzi scheme, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s inspector general issued a scathing report on why the agency failed to detect the massive fraud. One of its most damning findings was that multiple SEC offices simultaneously scrutinized Madoff without even realizing it.

From 1992 to 2008, the SEC received at least six complaints about Madoff’s firm that should have outed his fraud. The agency conducted two investigations and three examinations over the years. But the left hand didn’t know what the right was doing. At one point, according to the inspector general, two examinations “were open at the same time in different offices without either knowing the other one was conducting an identical examination.” Madoff slipped through the cracks, and Americans lost billions of dollars. 

This fraudster was able to fool financial regulators because they are still using 1930s pen and paper technology to handle today’s digital challenges. This hurts investors, markets and the regulators’ own missions. And that’s why, along with some 34 other members of the House of Representatives, I am a sponsor of the Financial Transparency Act, HR 2477.

Continue reading Rep. Hultgren's op-ed here

Coalition Tells Agencies: Open Government Plans Need Open Data!

The Data Coalition was one of nine civil society organizations presenting last Tuesday at a government-wide meeting of federal agencies' Open Government Plan teams.

Under President Obama's 2009 Open Government Directive, each agency must annually publish a plan that describes "how it will improve transparency and integrate public participation and collaboration into its activities." Plans are published on each agency's website at a special URL with the suffix "/open,"

The next round of Open Government Plans must be published by September 15, 2016. Last month, the White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memo guiding agencies' creation of these plans. OMB's guidance specifically requires agencies to describe their efforts to publish and use open data (pages 2-3) and comply with the DATA Act (pages 4-5).

The White House invited civil society groups to present two-minute lightning talks to Tuesday's meeting, one of the regularly-scheduled public meetings of the White House's Interagency Open Government Working Group. Following the civil society groups' presentations, agencies provided quick updates on their open government efforts - and previews of the projects likely to be included in their forthcoming Open Government Plans.

The Data Coalition, represented by Executive Director Hudson Hollister, described the benefits of open data across government management, markets and economy, and law and regulation. Hollister also pointed out three challenges that pose threats to the successful transformation of federal spending into open data, as required by the DATA Act: persistent legacy reporting systems; the government's failure, so far, to escape its reliance on the proprietary DUNS Number to identify grantees and contractors; and the slow progress of DATA Act pilot projects to transform contractor and grantee reporting into open data.
  • The Data Coalition's presentation slides are available here.
  • A full compilation of all the presenters' slides is available here.


California Database Hunt - DC, Saturday August 27, 2016

Join fellow transparency advocates for the California Database Hunt, a virtual and IRL (In Real Life) sprint to collect data catalogs from local governments across California.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, and the Data Foundation are teaming up for a four-hour session to sweep through California cities and counties, large and small, and other local agencies to collect these catalogs. We need your help. Join us in DC!

Register here!
When: 2:00pm - 6:00pm, Saturday, August 27, 2016
Where: Data Foundation, 1003 K St NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001

Making Open Data Stick - A Fireside Chat on Continuity, August 29, 2016

On Monday, August 29, join the Center for Open Data Enterprise and the Data Foundation for a fireside chat about how open data gains can be made permanent!

In advance of the White House Open Data Innovation Summit, we will gather to compare notes and build community around making open data stick. Join us!
Complimentary registration, click here!
When: Monday, August 29th, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Open Gov Hub, 1110 Vermont Avenue, Suite 500, Washington DC 20005

Data Transparency 2016 Featuring the White House Open Data Innovation Summit, September 28, 2016

Data Transparency 2016 (DT2016) will bring together government leaders, transparency advocates, and the technology industry to transform government information from disconnected documents into open data. 

DT2016 is our fourth annual policy conference, hosted for the first time by the Coalition's sister organization, the Data Foundation. DT2016 is presented by Socrata

DT2016 will feature three tracks: Open Data in Management, Open Data in Regulation, and the first-ever White House Open Data Innovation Summit.
Register here!
When: 8:00am - 5:30pm, Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Where: Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC 20003
Media inquiries: Contact Jessica Yabsley at
Federal Grant Reporting Changes & Post-Award Grant Management
How open data helps citizens to know the law

Data Coalition Members

Research Data Group
RR Donnelley

Booz Allen Hamilton
MorganFranklin Consulting
StreamLink Software

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

BCL Technologies
Gov-PATH Solutions
Vintun LLC
Zenius Corporation

Trade Association
Object Management Group 


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