#DataNews: What to Expect from the DATA Act, Embracing Performance Management, & More

May 4, 2017 2:28 pm PST | Data News Roundup

In this week’s open data news, a deadline for DATA Act implementation approaches — and officials and the Government Accountability Office anticipate progress will be measured, not immediate. “…if we expect perfection right out of the gate it will be disheartening,” cautioned one official. Elsewhere, Forbes highlights apps powered with public data, while Louisville shares how its city departments embraced performance management culture. Read on for more open data news.

Senators Seek to Protect Federal Data

“A bipartisan pair of senators is seeking to codify protections to the public’s access to open government data. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced yesterday the Preserving Data in Government Act, which would require federal agencies to keep existing data online and prevent its removal without at least six months’ notice on the Federal Register website.” Read more from FCW.

How Louisville Embedded Performance Management into City Departments

“The City of Louisville, Kentucky’s performance management system, LouieStat, sets the bar for city government performance improvement. Mayor Greg Fischer united lessons from his business background with existing government stat models and unveiled LouieStat in 2012 to focus on two areas: planning and operations.” Read more from Government Technology.

GAO: OMB Should Address Data Quality Challenges Ahead of Federal Spending Report Deadline

“The Government Accountability Office has identified challenges in accounting, financial management systems and information technology security pose risks to agencies’ compliance with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, the GAO said Friday.” Read more from ExecutiveGov.

Check Out These 6 Handy Apps That Wouldn’t Exist Without Government Open Data

“Though we may not always be aware of it, our government, business and nonprofit sectors are intertwined in myriad ways. One of them is the dependence of all three sectors on the data collected and shared by government agencies. Maybe you’re not feeling well, and go online to look for a new doctor. You find a doctor search site, pick out a doctor and schedule an appointment. It may seem like a purely commercial transaction, but key data that powers the search comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the US Census Bureau.” Read more from Forbes.

DATA Act Deadline Is Looming, But Don’t Expect ‘Perfection,’ Officials Say

“The first deadline for the DATA Act, which requires all agencies to report spending in a standardized way, is on May 9. But that marker, officials say, is only the beginning. ‘May 9 is not the end. I fully expect that our inspectors general and [Government Accountability Office] will tell us there are massive problems. I’m prepared for that, I’m ready for that. … Major transformation can be slow, and if we expect perfection right out of the gate it will be disheartening,’ said Katy Rother, counsel for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.” Read more from FedScoop.

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