Data Coalition Calls out “Spotty” Progress on US DATA Act

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Dave Nitchman

We follow open data initiatives pretty closely (see 10 Countries with Open Data). One massive implementation that garners a lot of attention is the DATA Act in the US, which requires every federal agency to begin reporting its spending information using a standardized data structure starting in May 2017. The law also requires every agency’s office of inspector general to evaluate and report on its agency’s progress. The Data Coalition, a group that advocates for the law’s implementation and works closely with XBRL US and other members of the XBRL community has compiled a list of these reports. With the deadline fast approaching, the results are, in a word, mixed. The Department of Commerce says that  “meeting the goals of the DATA Act will be a significant challenge’; the Dept. of Health and Human Services is stalled on parts 1-4 of their 8 part plan; project management issues such as not having adequate tracking mechanisms in place are also delaying both reporting and implementation. Read a summary here for more information and a few bright spots.

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