Each agency must report a basic summary of each of its contracts to the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), and those summaries are now part of the DAIMS’ structure. However, the rest of the procurement picture is beyond the DAIMS’, and the DATA Act’s, reach.
In the spring of 2016, federal agencies were working hard to figure out how to meet the DATA Act’s ambitious mandate. Every agency had to organize its spending information to match a government-wide data format that the Treasury Department had just announced. The objective? Create a single, unified data set of the entire executive branch’s finances, to support transparency and analytics government-wide.
On May 10th, the Data Foundation’s sister organization, the Data Coalition will host the Texas Data Demo Day, where the Lone Star State will showcase its open data portals.Texas has been on the forefront of opening its data to deliver transparency to the public, outside government, and efficiency for managers and leaders inside government.
What a first year the Data Foundation has had! We launched in January with an ambition to become the leading industry-focused open data research organization. And we got busy, very busy: our year was crowded with educational programing, the first substantive research report on the DATA Act, the nation’s largest-ever open data conference - and much more.
Imagine if local governments were like restaurants, where you could pick up a menu of public datasets, read the names and description and then order whatever suits your open data appetite?
This transparency advocate’s fantasy became reality in California on July 1, when a new law took effect. S.B. 272 added a section to the California Public Records Act that requires local agencies (except school districts) to publish inventories of “enterprise systems” on their websites. We are talking about catalogs of every database that holds information on the public or serves as a primary source of government data.
Our two-day event included not only a hackathon but also eight workshops and seven breakout groups covering both technology skills as well as pressing issues like criminal justice reform.