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.
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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.
The GREAT Act calls for culling data fields from these many sources and creating a repository that can be used across multiple forms. In practice, this means grantees need only input information once and it will be prepopulated when filling out additional forms.
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.
There is a way to simplify regulatory compliance, streamline these processes, and save these costs. And it can be done without deregulating and without changing the substance of the information companies report to government. Australia’s Standard Business Reporting program shows us how.
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.
Data Transparency 2016 will bring together the open data leaders from the Obama Administration, dozens of federal agencies, transparency groups, and the technology industry to share the State of the Union of open data. For the first time, we're co-hosting with the White House.
Open data reforms are happening because policymakers are starting to understand how open data changes the world. But building that understanding better and faster was nobody's full-time job. Until it became the Data Foundation's.