Job Posting

Job Posting

The Data Foundation is seeking a Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst. The position is for GS-9 to GS-15 federal employees who are eligible for a rotational assignment (detail) under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) on a non-reimbursable basis.

Federal Spending Data for Congressional Oversight: What’s Possible Right Now, and What Could Be

Federal Spending Data for Congressional Oversight: What’s Possible Right Now, and What Could Be

On August 27, 2018, the Data Foundation and Democracy Fund hosted a congressional staff briefing on the utilization of federal spending data. Discussions included what is possible with federal spending data right now and what could be possible in the future.

Data Foundation Hosts Grant Innovation Forum

Data Foundation Hosts Grant Innovation Forum

Earlier this week, we hosted our second Grant Innovation Forum, sponsored by MorganFranklin Consulting and hosted by The Aspen Institute. The discussion was informed by our recently published report on the transformation of federal grant reporting titled Transforming Grant Reporting. Grant leaders from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Education, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the White House, and private sector gathered to discuss challenges facing the grantee and grantor community and how grant data can be used to better serve citizens.

At Data Transparency 2017, a Tour of Better Data in Government, Compliance, and the Private Sector

At Data Transparency 2017, a Tour of Better Data in Government, Compliance, and the Private Sector

Across government, compliance, and the private sector, there’s a new eagerness to standardize previously-unruly data sets, analyze them for game-changing insights, and share them more widely. At Data Transparency 2017 in Washington on Tuesday, September 26th, we’ll lead you on a tour through all these changes. You’ll learn how better data is making our government more governable, cutting the chaos and cost of compliance, and providing new value in the private sector.

One Year Later, “Vision & Value” Proves Powerfully Prescient

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.

 

Postcards from the Edge (of Grant Data)

Postcards from the Edge (of Grant Data)

It’s been an interesting three months. As I’m in the midst of the long slog to the final draft of our first paper on grant data, I thought I’d let others do the talking this time. Below, anonymous and in no particular order, are some of the more interesting, insightful, or colorful comments from the past three months of conversation with current and former state and federal employees, foundations, technologists, researchers, and members of the nonprofit community.

Inaugural Grant Innovation Roundtable – January 12th, 2017

Inaugural Grant Innovation Roundtable – January 12th, 2017

On January 12th, almost 50 stakeholders from all across the Federal grant sphere met at the Gates Foundation to discuss the state of data in grant reporting. For the first time, representatives from multiple federal grantor agencies and departments joined nonprofit researchers, members of the public sector, and technologists to share experiences, challenges, and opportunities to harness data for the public good.

Do Good. Better.

Do Good. Better.

No one starts working in or around the nonprofit sector without wanting to make a positive impact. From those who provide direct services within their community to the federal legislators seeking the best solutions to their constituents’ needs, and all the program managers, state budget officers, researchers, foundations, and technologists in between, we get involved to help.

Join Us for the Great California Database Hunt

Join Us for the Great California Database Hunt

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.