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Open Data Law Aims To Demystify Federal Spending

Landmark DATA legislation, near passage, would transform the US government's spending information from a maze of confusing documents into easily accessible open data.

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4/10/2014 | 4:39:50 PM
The US Senate approved an amended version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 994) -- the DATA ACT --this afternoon (April 10) by unanimous consent. Advocates expect the landmark open data legislation, will win swift approval in the US House of Representatives.

The DATA Act would mandate the publication of all federal spending disclosures as standardized open data -- and turn federal spending information into open spending data.
The one concern: The Senate's final version of the DATA Act places the White House Office of Management and Budget alongside the U.S. Treasury Department in joint control of the development of government-wide data standards, a change opposed by the Data Transparency Coalition. 
IW Pick
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4/7/2014 | 9:48:52 PM
Where' was Obama administration?
It's curious that the Obama administratio, despite staking its claim for greater govt. transparency never took an official position on the DATA Act, in the nearly three years since it was first introduced in Congress -- and actually tried to take the teeth out of this bill with OMB's equally curious actions.  Glad that for all intents and purposes, Sen. Warner and Rep. Issa prevailed on not incorporating OMB's recommended changes.

William Welsh
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4/7/2014 | 7:25:20 PM
Re: All agencies?
Thanks for your question. Regarding transparency of federal spending as set forth under the DATA Act, agencies would not be required to disclose information if it is classified.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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4/7/2014 | 5:08:00 PM
All agencies?
Will all agencies, including DoD, and the White House be included? Or will entities be able to dodge this by claiming spending data is classified?
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