DATA Act reintroduced — let’s get it enacted!

Posted on 1st October 2012 in open data

Senators Warner & Portman, in a rare sign of bi=partisan common sense, have introduced a redrafted version of the DATA Act, which would impose consistent data standards and create a single public platform (XBRL, pleeeze) for all federal spending information.

According to the Data Transparency Coalition, it would “provide citizens with a detailed, accurate review of how taxpayer funds are used; give the government new tool to prevent waste, fraud and abuse; and spur innovation in the federal information technology industry.”

Rep. Darrell Issa’s version of the bill passed the House unanimously last Spring. Let’s hope prompt Senate action on this compromise version follows!

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