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  • February 14, 2020 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    On Thursday, February 13, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) along with Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), David Perdue (R-GA), and James Lankford (R-OK) introduce the bipartisan CFO Vision Act of 2020. Following its introduction, Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart issued the following statement:

    The CFO Vision Act proposes practical improvements to the way our country’s financial system is managed, by clarifying responsibilities of the chief financial officers, while also enhancing how government manages taxpayer funds. The bipartisan CFO Vision Act is a step toward using data to better align the American public’s expectation that our government has strong financial management paired with ongoing efforts to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.


  • February 06, 2020 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, February 5, the bipartisan Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act (H.R. 3830) unanimously passed the House of Representatives. Following the bill’s House passage, Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart issued the following statement:

    The Data Coalition applauds the unanimous passage of the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The American public and decision-makers need reliable information to understand programs across government, including what programs even exist. The development of program inventories and the application of data standards in this legislation, which build on the DATA Act, will enable more transparent information about federally-funded programs. The bill will also improve access to information about program evaluation and relevant studies produced by agencies, aligning with the Evidence Act.

    The Data Coalition looks forward to working with Congress to advance this legislation in 2020.

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  • January 29, 2020 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    The Data Coalition issued the following statement from CEO Nick Hart following the President’s signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) on January 29, 2020:

    Building on the OPEN Government Data Act’s new legal requirements for federal agencies to develop and promote open data, the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal signed by the President contains expectations about producing and sharing open government data. The Data Coalition applauds the recognition that government contributions to open data promote competitiveness and innovation in the country’s economy. With a renewed bipartisan endorsement of open data by Congress and the President, federal agencies must be well positioned to prioritize implementation of these expectations in conjunction with the Federal Data Strategy and new agency Chief Data Officers. The Data Coalition members look forward to working with federal agencies to support and execute open data initiatives that benefit the American economy.

    The full text of the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement can be found here.

     

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  • December 23, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart issued the following statement on the OMB’s release of the Federal Data Strategy’s Year 1 Action Plan

    The Data Coalition applauds the release of the Federal Data Strategy’s Action Plan for the first year of implementation. Government has room for much improvement in managing and using data more effectively, and the Federal Data Strategy is a productive start. In particular, the Data Coalition is pleased to see that a number of suggestions from industry and stakeholders outside government were thoughtfully incorporated into the final action plan. Data Coalition members look forward to working with the White House and federal agencies in 2020 to truly support data as a strategic asset.

    On January 7, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, the Data Coalition will host a conference call on the new action plan and its implications. Register here.

    Note: A recording of the Data Coalition’s informational conference call on the year-one action plan is available here.


  • December 20, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – Congress took steps this week to advance three key legislative priorities of the Data Coalition. On December 18 the Senate unanimously advanced a resolution to support the 2020 Census (SCR 31) and on December 19th, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform marked up the AI in Government Act of 2019 (H.R. 2575) and the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act (H.R. 3830). The Data Coalition endorsed all three legislative efforts. Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart, Ph.D. issued the following statement on the congressional actions: 

    The prioritization of bipartisan legislation in Congress that ensures data can be responsibly used to support accountability, transparency, and decision-making is a positive signal about our elected leaders’ enthusiasm for recognizing government data as a strategic asset. 

    The Data Coalition applauds the Senate’s unanimous support for an effective and efficient 2020 Census, highlighting the significance and importance of participation in the census in 2020. The Data Coalition is pleased that the House Oversight and Reform Committee favorably reported out the AI in Government Act and the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act. The Data Coalition urges the House to quickly pass these bipartisan bills. 


  • December 20, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart, Ph.D. issued the following statement on the passage of the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act of 2019 on Monday, December 16, 2019:  

    For far too long businesses, non-profits, local governments, and other federal grant recipients were expected to navigate cumbersome reporting processes, resulting in delayed and incomplete information. Because of insufficient reporting in the past, too little information is available to determine which grants most effectively accomplish program goals and best serve the American people. In passing the GREAT Act today, Congress decided to transform federal grant reporting for the modern era by directing federal agencies to modernize and improve grantee reporting.

    The GREAT Act will fundamentally improve accountability and transparency for federal grants provided to school districts, police departments, fire stations, hospitals, food banks, homeless shelters, job training centers, and much more. The policies about data standards in the GREAT Act are long overdue, which is why the bipartisan cooperation to advance this common-sense legislation unanimously through Congress is welcome.

    The Data Coalition strongly encourages the President to quickly sign the GREAT Act so the American people can begin to realize the tremendous benefits from better data on federal grants.


  • November 14, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart, Ph.D. issued the following statement on the House of Representatives’ recent vote to extend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (Modernization Committee):

    “The Data Coalition commends the House leadership for extending the bipartisan Modernization Committee through the second session of the 116th Congress. The Data Coalition’s members support the committee’s efforts to ensure strong congressional capacity for transparency, innovation, and data-driven decision-making. We look forward to working with Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Vice Chair Tom Graves (R-GA), and all the committee members in promoting meaningful bipartisan solutions that ensure Congress can meet the expectations of the American public in the 21st century and beyond.”


  • November 12, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart, Ph.D. issued the following statement on the Government Accountability Office’s DATA Act report, released November 8th, 2019:

    The Data Coalition applauds Treasury and OMB’s continued efforts to drastically improve the timeliness, accuracy, and completeness of the financial information it collects from agencies in accordance with the DATA Act. If implemented successfully, the DATA Act will provide a more comprehensive picture of how citizen’s dollars are spent across each agency, enabling greater transparency and accountability across government. We encourage the implementing agencies to continue to collaborate with the Federal Data Strategy team as they work to implement similar government-wide data laws such as the Evidence Act.


  • November 07, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart, Ph.D. issued the following statement on the Department of Commerce’s November 6th announcement of the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building and request for nominations for members:

    “The Data Coalition welcomes the creation of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building. The advisory committee is required by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 and is a natural next step in implementing the unanimous recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The committee members will play a key role in helping government establish a National Secure Data Service, furthering the goals set out in the Federal Data Strategy and the Evidence Act. The creation of such a data service will substantially advance the country’s capabilities to generate the evidence policymakers need and want, while ensuring strong privacy protections are in place for sensitive data. The business, non-profit, and academic communities must support this important committee that is essential for promoting government’s evidence-building activities and data-driven decision-making. The Data Coalition encourages experts in transparency policy, privacy policy, disclosure avoidance methods, statistical policy, information management, data security, data science, research, policy analysis, and program evaluation to submit a nomination by December 4, 2019.”


  • November 05, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart, Ph.D. issued the following statement in advance of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs markup of the bipartisan AI in Government Act of 2019 (S. 1363):

    The Data Coalition strongly supports the Senate substitute amendment for the “AI in Government Act” and encourages the Senate to rapidly advance this legislation. Federal agencies must prepare to harness increasingly innovative data analytic approaches while deploying appropriate privacy protections. The Senate substitute for the “AI in Government Act” outlines a responsible path for government’s future uses of artificial intelligence, including  recruiting a workforce that can effectively deploy AI and coordinate applications across agencies.



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