On May 3-4, 2016, the Data Foundation and the Performance Institute presented an intensive training program on the DATA Act to 28 students from government and industry.
Lecturers included Treasury, White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and agency leaders working to transform federal agency and grantee spending reports into open data. The two-day program delivered expert-level understanding of the Treasury Department's comprehensive data structure for federal spending; the Department of Health and Human Services' pilot program to help grantees automate their reports; the potential of standardized data to support anti-fraud analytics; and how open spending data changes incentives in government.
Former OMB Controller Danny Werfel kicked opened the DATA Act Training Program with an overview of the history behind the DATA Act. Werfel explained how three waves of spending transparency gave rise to the need for a comprehensive data structure.