Part of APDU’s Public Data University “301 – Special Topics” series.
Heralded as the nation’s first open data law, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) requires agencies to publish government spending information in standardized machine-readable open data.
Specifically, the law calls on the Treasury Department and the White House to establish government-wide standards for financial data; directs all agencies to use those standards for their reporting requirements; and expands the accountability platform developed by the Recovery Act’s Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) from stimulus spending to all spending.
Proponents say the law will improve accountability to taxpayers and provide tools to reduce waste and abuse. What does this new law mean for data users? What changes or improvements can be expected? Does this law mean more open and public data reform is on the way?
- Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition
- Others TBA
What The New DATA Act Means for Data Users (301 Series)
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