Data Foundation News: October 27, 2016
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The Center for Open Data Enterprise Unveils its Open Data Transition Report

Earlier this week, the Center for Open Data Enterprise unveiled its Open Data Transition Report for the next Presidential Administration at the National Press Club. The Transition Report sets out the most comprehensive open data recommendations for the next Administration. The center's report puts forward 27 actionable recommendations that they believe can been achieved within the first year of the new President taking office.

The Data Foundation's interim president, Hudson Hollister, delivered the closing remarks at the launch. Read his full remarks here. The Data Foundation congratulates Joel Gurin and his entire team on the publication of their Transition Report.
Key recommendations
  • Develop a centralized public database of FOIA requests and information released under FOIA, acting on the principle of “release to one, release to all.”
  • Fully implement the DATA Act to provide financial transparency and accountability through open data.
  • Standardize reporting data for federal grants to help make that data more accessible and useful.
  • Launch a Standard Business Reporting Program that will ultimately help businesses lower reporting burdens and costs.
Read and download the full report here

Spotlight: Standard Business Reporting Research Paper, Coming December 2016

In 2004 the Dutch Taxonomy Project came up with a new inexpensive and efficient way for all Dutch government agencies to automatically report to multiple agencies using the same core of information - dramatically reducing compliance costs. The system is known as Standard Business Reporting (SBR). The taxonomy uses XBRL to reduce the administrative burden by allowing information to be shared across agencies in a standardized, machine-readable format. 

The U.S. has yet to adopt this comprehensive system known as SBR. If implemented it would mean government-wide open data structure for all regulatory reporting by the private sector to the federal government, and provide for that data structure to be phased in for eventual universal use.

In December 2016 the Data Foundation will unveil an in-depth research report on SBR. The report looks at case studies such as the Netherlands and Australia. For example, in Australia the implementation of SBR saved the government over AUD $1.1 billion. 

The below infographics outline how SBR works in Australia and the Netherlands.
1. Australian Standard Business Reporting Model
2. The Dutch Standard Business Reporting Model 

Now Available: DATA Act Training Slides 

On Thursday, September 29, the Data Foundation hosted a DATA Act Training Program for federal financial management, program management, procurement, and assistance professionals.

Attendees learned directly from leading DATA Act implementers from the executive branch, civil society, and the technology industry.

Presenters' slides:

  • Hudson Hollister, Interim President, Data Foundation
  • Amy Edwards, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Dean Ritz, Senior Director of IP Strategy, Workiva (moderator)
  • Marcel Jemio, Program Director, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Tim Gribben, Deputy CFO, Small Business Administration
  • Kaitlin Devine, Product Manager, Treasury Department
  • Mike Peckham, Director, DATA Act Program Management Office, Department of Health and Human Services

Videos: Data Transparency 2016 ft. White House Open Data Innovation Summit 2016 

Last month the Data Foundation hosted the fourth annual Data Transparency 2016 (DT2016), featuring the first-ever White House Open Data Innovation Summit. 

DT2016 was Washington's largest-ever open data event, and the first time the Data Foundation hosted the flagship conference. Over 1,000 open data enthusiasts gathered at the Washington Convention Center to share the State of the Union of Open Data and grow the open data community.

Featured speakers included: Shaun Donovan, Director, OMB; Tony Scott, U.S. Chief Information Office, White House OMB; Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer, White House OSTP;  DJ Patil, U.S. Chief Data Scientist; David Lebryk, Fiscal Assistant Secretary, Treasury Department; Matt Reed, Chief Counsel, Office of Financial Research, Treasury Department; Mark Flannery, Chief Economist, SEC; Dan Morgan, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Brandon Pustejovsky, Chief Data Officer, USAID. 

View the conference videos here

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