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  • May 25, 2022 3:33 PM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)


    Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the bipartisan Financial Data Transparency Act (S.4295), which will improve data quality and standardization in the U.S. financial regulatory system. The proposed legislation directs U.S. financial regulatory agencies to adopt consistent data fields and formats for regulatory information collected by agencies. Nick Hart, President of the Data Foundation, issued the following statement on behalf of the Data Coalition Initiative about the introduction of the bill: 

    “The bipartisan Financial Data Transparency Act will modernize our national financial reporting infrastructure to leverage data in a smart, timely, and critical way. These necessary data reforms are a tremendous benefit to everyone whether they are on Wall Street or Main Street, because we all need reliable, quality information at hand to make good decisions. This legislation ensures our financial reporting system has the capability for modernized reporting to benefit investors, businesses, regulators, policymakers, and ultimately the American people with more accurate and timely information for decision-making that impacts our economy. On behalf of the members of the Data Coalition, I applaud the leadership of Senators Warner and Crapo. We look forward to the Senate rapidly approving the legislation.” 

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  • May 13, 2022 9:30 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    On May 12, 2022, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with co-sponsors Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sen. John Boozman (R-AR),introduced the Secure Research Data Network Act,  establishing pilot projects for privacy-enhancing technologies at the National Science Foundation. On behalf of the Data Coalition members, Data Foundation President Nick Hart issued the following statement on the legislative proposal:

    As our society increasingly uses data to inform decision-making for individuals, businesses, and policymakers, we must continually pursue innovations and enhancements to protect and secure information. The Secure Research Data Network Act promotes the exploration of privacy-enhancing technologies by directing the National Science Foundation to conduct pilot projects with strong oversight, clear transparency, and the potential to improve upon existing capabilities for data sharing in government. Launching a series of pilot projects for approaches like multi-party computation ensures that full consideration may be provided to how new approaches can be integrated into existing privacy laws and data use practices to responsibly enhance insights about important policy challenges, while also testing approaches for improving how information is used.  The Secure Research Data Network Act also aligns with a recommendation from the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking for the federal government to further explore and invest in demonstration projects of privacy-enhancing technologies. The Data Coalition supports the Secure Research Data Network Act and efforts to ensure goals for data sharing and privacy protections are jointly achieved.

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    The Data Coalition is an initiative of the non-profit Data Foundation. The membership-based initiative facilitates a strong national data community and advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. The Data Coalition’s work unites the data communities that focus on data science, management, evaluation, statistics, and technology, including individuals in companies, nonprofit organizations, and academia


  • January 25, 2022 9:30 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    On January 25, a House Committee presented a bipartisan proposal to extend the Chief Data Officers Council as Section 210 of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2022. Nick Hart, Data Foundation President issued the following statement on behalf of the Data Coalition’s members:

    Over the last three years, Chief Data Officers (CDO) across government demonstrated just how vital it is to focus on data governance and sharing to improve how agencies fulfill their missions using data. We know that CDOs learn from each other and continue to build a stronger community every day, in partnership with program managers, beneficiaries, grantees, and stakeholders. 

    Last year the Data Coalition called for the CDO Council to be extended, following insights compiled from the Data Foundation’s 2021 Federal CDO Survey. The insights from that survey suggested that CDOs valued the interactions with peers alongside the growth of the CDO function, including addressing technical responsibilities and data maturity in their organizations.  

    For more information about the role of CDOs in the federal government, see the Data Foundation’s 2021 Survey of Federal CDOs.

     

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    The Data Coalition is an initiative of the non-profit Data Foundation. The membership-based initiative facilitates a strong national data community and advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. The Data Coalition’s work unites the data communities that focus on data science, management, evaluation, statistics, and technology, including individuals in companies, nonprofit organizations, and academia.


  • December 15, 2021 9:30 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Today, Congress passed the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act which directs the Office of Personnel Management to establish an occupational series for digital careers, including data science and data management. On behalf of Data Coalition Initiative members, Data Foundation Policy Director Corinna Turbes offered the following statement:

    “We are thrilled to see Congress take this important step in creating a federal workforce that is equipped to manage and leverage data across federal agencies. The Data Coalition Initiative has been a strong advocate for the creation of a data science occupational series in government.  Improving the recruiting and retention of top talent in the federal government’s workforce is crucial to creating data literate organizations that can fully realize the benefits of leveraging data for evidence-informed decision making.”

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    The Data Coalition is an initiative of the non-profit Data Foundation. The membership-based initiative facilitates a strong national data community and advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. The Data Coalition’s work unites the data communities that focus on data science, management, evaluation, statistics, and technology, including individuals in companies, nonprofit organizations, and academia.


  • October 25, 2021 9:30 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Financial Transparency Act (H.R. 2989). This bipartisan bill, introduced by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC), directs seven of the major U.S. financial regulatory agencies to adopt consistent data fields and formats, including a non proprietary legal entity identifier, for information already collected from regulated entities. Nick Hart, President of the Data Foundation, issued the following statement about the passage of the Financial Transparency Act:

    “The Financial Transparency Act will modernize our financial regulatory system, with common-sense data reforms that will benefit regulators, regulated entities, and investors. With the strong bipartisan support seen from the House of Representatives, the Financial Transparency Act will help provide more accurate, timely, and comprehensive financial information. We are grateful for the leadership from Representative Maloney and Representative McHenry in co-sponsoring this legislation, and hope to see the Senate advance the Financial Transparency Act  as soon as possible.” 

    Download our Financial Transparency Act fact sheet here.


  • October 25, 2021 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    On October 21, the White House Office of Management and Budget released the 2021 Federal Data Strategy Action Plan. Nick Hart, Data Foundation President issued the following statement on the action plan:

    The Federal Data Strategy 2021 Action Plan is yet another sign of the continued maturation and leadership of federal Chief Data Officers. The new action plan builds on recommendations and advice provided in a public forum hosted a year ago by the Data Coalition and data experts from industry and academia. 

    The Data Coalition members appreciate that the action plan focuses on improving the data skills of the federal workforce and emphasizes the leadership role from the data, evaluation, and statistical officials created by the Evidence Act. There are still many barriers to using data in government, but with leadership from the federal CDO Council and sustained resources, we will be more likely to realize the benefits of evidence-informed policy in practice. 

     

    For more information about the role of CDOs in the federal government, see the Data Foundation’s 2021 Survey of Federal CDOs.



  • July 20, 2021 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    On July 20th, the House Oversight and Reform Committee reported favorably on the creation of a new occupation series. H.R. 3335 would establish an occupational series for Federal positions in software development, software engineering, data science and data management.  On behalf of the Data Coalition Initiative members, Data Foundation Policy Director Corinna Turbes issued the following statement:

    Getting the right talent in the federal workforce is absolutely vital for effectively using data. The proposed occupational series will help leaders in government successfully recruit and hire the talent they need to leverage data strategically and to innovatively fulfill their missions. The Data Coalition  hopes to see this bill advance quickly through Congress to strengthen the federal workforce.

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    The Data Coalition is an initiative of the non-profit Data Foundation. The membership-based initiative facilitates a strong national data community and advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. The Data Coalition’s work unites the data communities that focus on data science, management, evaluation, statistics, and technology, including individuals in companies, nonprofit organizations, and academia.


  • June 28, 2021 9:30 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – On June 28, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan National Science Foundation for the Future Act (H.R. 2225), including the Data Coalition-endorsed National Secure Data Service Act sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). On behalf of the Data Coalition members, Data Foundation President Nick Hart issued the following statement on House’s bipartisan call for the creation of a data service:

    In modern society we must continually identify innovative and realistic strategies to ensure data and information are used responsibly and with sound privacy safeguards in place. The National Secure Data Service included in the bipartisan NSF for the Future Act will accelerate responsible and protected access to government data, supporting efforts to improve evidence-based policymaking in the United States. As a unanimous recommendation from the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and based on research from the Data Foundation, the members of the Data Coalition applaud the swift and decisive action from the U.S. House to advance this practical, cost-effective, and much-needed resource for modernizing the country’s data infrastructure with a strong bipartisan vote. The Data Coalition calls on the Senate to support enactment of the National Secure Data Service Act and inclusion in a final NSF reauthorization bill.  

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    The Data Coalition is an initiative of the non-profit Data Foundation. The membership-based initiative facilitates a strong national data community and advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. The Data Coalition’s work unites the data communities that focus on data science, management, evaluation, statistics, and technology, including individuals in companies, nonprofit organizations, and academia.


  • May 13, 2021 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    On May 12, 2021, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced the National Secure Data Service Act (H.R. 3133), calling for the establishment of a data service at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The proposal was also attached to the NSF for the Future Act (H.R. 2225) as an amendment on May 13, 2021. On behalf of the Data Coalition members, Data Foundation President Nick Hart issued the following statement on the legislative proposal:

    The National Secure Data Service Act responsibly addresses a major gap in our country’s data infrastructure by establishing a new capability for sharing, combining, and using data with strong privacy safeguards. Creating a data service at the National Science Foundation is a practical, cost-effective, and much-needed resource for researchers and data analysts to provide decision-makers with information they need for evidence-based policymaking, including to support implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018.

    Building on the bipartisan and unanimous recommendations from the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, a consensus proposal from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and a suggested roadmap from the Data Foundation, the National Secure Data Service Act creates an expectation for NSF to make rapid progress in launching a data service and transparently supporting government-wide evidence-building activities. The Data Coalition calls on Congress to pass the National Secure Data Service Act to enable long-overdue and modern data capabilities alongside responsible privacy protections.

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    The Data Coalition is an initiative of the non-profit Data Foundation. The membership-based initiative facilitates a strong national data community and advocates for responsible policies to make government data high-quality, accessible, and usable. The Data Coalition’s work unites the data communities that focus on data science, management, evaluation, statistics, and technology, including individuals in companies, nonprofit organizations, and academia.


  • May 04, 2021 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Today, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC) reintroduced the Financial Transparency Act (H.R. 2989) to the 117th Congress. This bipartisan bill establishes a framework that improves the efficiency of regulatory reporting by adopting consistent data fields and formats, including a non-proprietary legal entity identifier for regulated entities. Corinna Turbes, Managing Director of the Data Coalition  issued the following statement about the reintroduction of the Financial Transparency Act: 

    “The Data Coalition is glad to see continued bipartisan interest and commitment in improving regulatory data. The Financial Transparency Act brings common sense updates to our outdated financial regulatory system. By requiring the information already collected by regulators to be reported and published as structured data, financial firms and regulators will have more timely and accurate data to support decision-making as well as weed out fraud and other abuses, ultimately strengthening the US financial system. Structured financial data will enable new analytic capabilities that will help us understand what is happening in financial markets in near real time, improving  decision-making and enhancing accountability. The importance of this modernization effort should not be underestimated, especially as we work to recover from the pandemic.”


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