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THE DATA ACT: TRANSFORMING FEDERAL SPENDING

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Webinar Details

Subject: Post-award

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Update

Advanced Preparation: None

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Your office or conference room, per telephone connection

Course Description:

The intention of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) is to standardize data elements across all grants and federal funding. While this opens the possibility of analytics-driven management and automated reporting, “getting there” could be a bumpy ride for agencies and grant recipients alike.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed a data dictionary of standard elements called the Central Data Element Repository Library (CDER-L). HHS has begun a government-wide pilot program to test whether grantees can save time and money by reporting on their grants using these data elements, instead of paper and PDF forms.

HHS’ pilot program will end in May 2017. In 2018, the DATA Act requires the White House to decide whether to require all grantees to use these data elements for the reports that they submit. This open data initiative promises that grantees’ software could automate the reporting process, but only if HHS’ pilot program succeeds and only if the White House decides its results are compelling.

Here’s an update on HHS’ progress, an exploration of the standard data elements, and a preview of the choice coming up for the White House.

Register now for The DATA Act: Transforming Federal Spending.

In this 90-minute webinar, Hudson Hollister—founder of the Data Coalition—provides clear and current insights on the DATA Act’s potential impact on both federal agencies and federal grant recipients. You’ll learn how requirements and implementation are likely to unfold and how the spending data that becomes available will be used by federal agencies.

Navigating the new “open data” environment. You’ll gain practical insights on how government-wide data standards would reshape federal financial information and grant reporting. You’ll explore the issue of how grant recipients can participate in the government-wide transformation from document-based to data-centric reporting. Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Reserve your space now for clear and practical guidance you can use to troubleshoot your own DATA Act decision-making, including:

  • The Act’s legislative history and Congressional goals and why they’re important to you own planning
  • The potential impact of government-wide data standards for federal financial information and grant reports
  • Implementation options facing agencies that must express their financial information using standardized data fields and formats
  • The timetable, scope and potential impact of the DATA Act pilot program

From what to expect, to how to prepare, this timely webinar helps you be at work today with your own best strategy for seizing opportunities and resolving challenges in the new “open data” environment.

Register now for The DATA Act: Transforming Federal Spending.

Who Will Benefit

This webinar is of value to all federal agencies as well as any nonfederal pass-through entity, recipient or subrecipient of a federal grant award. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • Grant administrators
  • Grant program staff
  • Grant accounting and finance staff
  • Internal and external auditors
  • Organizational leaders responsible for implementation

Hudson Hollister

Hudson Hollister is the founder and Executive Director of the Data Coalition, a trade association representing technology and consulting firms supporting open data in government. The Data Coalition is the main advocacy group for the implementation of the DATA Act of 2014, transforming the U.S. federal government's spending information into standardized, open data. The Data Coalition also supports data standards to transform regulatory compliance, legislative mandates, and the whole landscape of government invitation. Hudson has helped to craft landmark reforms, including the DATA Act, the OPEN Government Data Act, the Financial Transparency Act, and the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Assistance Transparency (GREAT) Act.

Hudson is also the founder of the Data Foundation, a nonprofit think tank seeking to define an open future for both government and private-sector data. The Data Foundation is responsible for the leading research on open data in federal spending and in regulatory compliance. The Data Foundation hosts the largest annual open data conference in the United States.

Prior to founding the Data Coalition and the Data Foundation, Hudson served as counsel to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives and as an attorney fellow in the Office of Interactive Disclosure at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Before his government service, he was a securities litigator in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins LLP.

Hudson earned a law degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in political science and communications from the University of St. Francis.

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