Invoke is honored to join a group of prestigious technology companies (such as Microsoft, SAP and Teradata) and other public interests that recently launched the Data Transparency Coalition (DTC) in Washington D.C. to advocate for the standardization of U.S. federal data published online.
The coalition will support the bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) and other efforts to make federal data easily searchable and downloadable. The Data Transparency Coalition is advocating for common sense initiatives that encourage the productivity and transparency necessary for government reform.
Too often, the U.S. federal government doesn’t publish crucial spending details, regulatory filings, corporate disclosures or legislative actions online. Even when such data is electronically published, the government often fails to adopt consistent machine-readable identifiers or uniform markup languages.
The DATA Act would establish an independent body to track all federal spending on a single website and require the use of consistent government-wide data standards, such as XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language). The legislation will help government agencies and private clients make better decisions while creating high-tech jobs for technology companies that invent new ways to visualize and analyze spending data.
Citizens will be able to scrutinize federal expenditures, both internal and external, and inspectors general will be able to use analytics to quickly and efficiently identify fraudulent or wasteful behavior. The DATA Act was passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives on April 25,2012 and the DTC is currently active in lobbying the U.S. Senate to consider its passage.