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  • September 24, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. — Today, the House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Subcommittee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) re-introduced the Financial Transparency Act (H.R. 4476). Nick Hart, CEO of the Data Coalition, issued the following statement on the bill’s re-introduction:

    The Data Coalition strongly supports the bipartisan Financial Transparency Act, as re-introduced by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC). The benefits of applying data standards to financial regulatory information as proposed by this legislation are clear: reduced compliance costs for businesses, better information for investors, and a more efficient regulatory oversight system that can effectively identify and address bad actors. The Financial Transparency Act encourages common-sense reforms that benefit the business community and regulators alike, which is a tremendous benefit to the American people. The Data Coalition endorses this important legislation and strongly encourages Congress to quickly take action to advance the bill.

    To read the Data Coalition’s letter of support for the Financial Transparency Act, click here.


  • July 18, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    On Thursday, July 18, 2019, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) reintroduced the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act (S. 2177). Following its introduction, Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart issued the following statement:

    The Data Coalition strongly supports the bipartisan Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, as reintroduced on July 18 by Senators James Lankford and Maggie Hassan. This proposal will provide the American public and policymakers valuable information to make informed decisions about government operations. The bill will increase transparency and accountability across federal agencies, and ultimately help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs. The Data Coalition urges Congress to quickly advance this important legislation.

    The Data Coalition has also issued a letter of support on S.2177.


  • July 11, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    This week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released guidance on the implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. Nick Hart, CEO of the Data Coalition, issued the following statement regarding the guidance:

    “OMB’s new guidance on implementing the Evidence Act is a productive step forward for ensuring federal agencies have the leaders in place to promote evidence-based policymaking. The designation of new chief data officers, evaluation officers, and statistical experts across government is a critical first step for making government data more accessible and useful in our society. While ideally this guidance would have been issued months ago, the Data Coalition applauds OMB for prioritizing these leadership roles, offering detailed implementation guidance, a clear organizational plan, and a government-wide scope. The Data Coalition looks forward to working with the Executive Branch to effectively implement the Evidence Act.”


  • June 27, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart’s statement following the Supreme Court’s decision about the proposed citizenship question for the 2020 census in United States Department of Commerce v. New York (No. 18-966):

    “The census count every 10 years is one of the most important data collection activities undertaken by our government. The Supreme Court reaffirmed that the census is the ‘linchpin’ of the federal statistical system, a statement that underscores the need for accurate and reliable information to be available for business leaders and government officials to make informed decisions. The Data Coalition looks forward to continuing our work with the Census Bureau to ensure the 2020 census results in useful data for the American public.”


  • June 19, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act (S.1829) was favorably reported out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate bill was introduced last Thursday, June 13 and now awaits a vote by the full Senate. Nick Hart, CEO of the Data Coalition issued the following statement on the mark-up hearing:

    The Data Coalition is pleased to see the GREAT Act make its way to the full Senate for a vote. This bipartisan bill, championed by Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Enzi, (R-WY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), will modernize how nearly $700 billion in federal grant funds are tracked and reported each year. By creating processes to better use data, this legislative proposal will improve transparency for grantmaking agencies and the public while also reducing compliance costs for grantees. We eagerly anticipate a vote from the full Senate.

    Read a summary of the bill here.


  • June 04, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the third and final phase of the Federal Data Strategy. Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart, Ph.D., issued the following statement following the release of the Strategy’s Principles, Practices, and Draft Action Plan:

    The release of the long-awaited Federal Data Strategy from the Trump Administration is a positive sign about the Executive Branch’s recognition that government data can and should be used more strategically to benefit the American public. The strategy provides the data industry, the evidence community, and the American public a clear sense of the long-term priorities for strengthening government’s data infrastructure. The Data Coalition is pleased to see that many of our recommendations were incorporated by the Trump Administration into the Federal Data Strategy.

    Through the Federal Data Strategy’s published practices and principles, the Administration is responsibly prioritizing increased availability and stewardship of government data, producing more open data, enabling responsible data sharing processes, breaking down agency data silos, planning for future data activities with learning agendas and agency data plans, and empowering chief data officers at every agency. As written, the Federal Data Strategy will encourage a greater emphasis on data- and evidence-informed decision making throughout our government while taking meaningful steps to implement key provisions of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.

    The Data Coalition looks forward to working with Executive Branch agencies to implement the Federal Data Strategy and will soon provide comments on the draft one-year action plan. In addition, the Data Coalition is excited to announce a partnership with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on an upcoming event to gather public feedback about the draft action plan.


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

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    Data Coalition Senior Director of Policy, Christian Hoehner issued the following statement following the House Select Committee on the Modernization hearing on Thursday, May 23:

    “The Data Coalition applauds the Committee’s efforts to improve transparency and efficiency throughout the legislative branch. We have long supported the transformation of legislative materials into a data structure known as USLM or U.S. Legislative Markup. USLM will enable new tools like automatic amendment impact redlines and bill text reconciliation. The Committee’s work to modernize the legislative branch will result in a more efficient, more accountable, and more effective government.”


  • May 08, 2019 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    Washington, DC – Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart, issued the following statement following the introduction of the bipartisan AI in Government Act of 2019 by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Kamala Harris (D-CA):

    The AI in Government Act of 2019 is a common-sense approach to promoting responsible, transparent use of emerging technologies and artificial intelligence systems in our society. The Data Coalition applauds the proposal to encourage innovative and rigorous data analysis capabilities for improved decision-making, while facilitating equitable uses and appropriate privacy protections.

    Read the Senators’ joint press release here.

    Read the bill text here.

    Read a section by section summary of the bill here.


  • May 02, 2014 9:00 AM | Data Coalition Team (Administrator)

    On Monday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the DATA Act, following unanimous approval three weeks ago by the Senate. On Tuesday, the White House announced that President Obama will sign it.

    The DATA Act’s enactment will revolutionize federal spending. The federal government’s antiquated document-based reporting apparatus will be transformed into an efficient flow of standardized, open data. Open spending data will become a public resource for citizens, watchdogs, and the tech industry.

    Our nation leads the world in technological innovation. We will finally be able to apply our technical ingenuity to the inefficiencies of the federal government. The Data Transparency Coalition’s members have demonstrated their ability to republish, analyze, and automate private-sector financial data. Now their solutions can transform the public sector too.

    Open federal spending data will bring democratic accountability by expanding access to vital information about our government’s actions and priorities. Open federal spending data will allow agencies and Congressional appropriators to deploy electronic management tools. Open federal spending data will automate compliance for grantees and contractors.

    The DATA Act’s chief champion in the House, Rep. Darrell Issa, estimates that one-third of the federal deficit is waste and fraud. The DATA Act will enable our government to deploy data analytics to illuminate and eliminate waste and fraud.

    The federal government is already constitutionally obliged to report its expenditures. Under the DATA Act, technology will make sense of them.

    Tuesday’s Data Transparency Summit brought together all stakeholders to start transforming the largest, most complex organization in human history. Our Coalition will continue to light the way forward for the federal government. We will encourage the Treasury Department and the White House OMB to follow the intent of the DATA Act by adopting and implementing robust, nonproprietary, government-wide data standards.

    We applaud President Obama’s decision to sign the DATA Act. For both government transparency and the growing open data tech industry, the DATA Act will be his enduring legacy.


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