OPEN Government Data Act Moves to Senate Floor After Markup

May 22, 2017
Legislation requiring federal agencies to publish their data online in a searchable, nonproprietary, machine-readable format has been cleared for the Senate following a May 17 markup by the Senate… Read More

Three Years In, What Does the DATA Act Tell Us About Agency Spending?

May 14, 2017
Trying to figure out exactly how much money the federal government spends long has been an exercise in futility for those few brave souls who endeavor to try it. Read More

House Legislative Branch Appropriations Open Hearing, May 3, 2017

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May 3, 2017
To its great credit, the House’s legislative branch appropriations subcommittee held an open hearing where anyone with an interest in legislative branch spending could have their say. This is… Read More

GovTrack’s Written Testimony to the House of Representatives on Public Access to Legislative Information

May 2, 2017
This week, the House’s Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a hearing. In anticipation, Joshua Tauberer has published online the testimony he submitted. Tauberer, who founded GovTrack.US… Read More

In Praise of Standardized Data for Congressional Oversight

April 24, 2017
Alex Pollock, distinguished senior fellow at the R Street Institute, spoke of the value of standardized financial data on federal government activities. He observed to attendees of the Financial… Read More

Data Coalition Testifies on Forthcoming OPEN Government Data Act

March 29, 2017
Photo credit: Data Coalition. Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Coalition, testified before Congress this week regarding new legislation. “The DATA Act of 2014, which Ranking Member Cummings, then-Chairman… Read More

Upcoming Events on Congress and Technology

March 29, 2017
From the Congressional Data Coalition: “#HouseOfCodeClear your schedule Tuesday, April 4th, from 4:30-7:30 to celebrate the accomplishments of 123 Members of Congress who participated in the 2016… Read More

Open Data and Congressional Oversight

January 24, 2017
By Hudson Hollister In January 2012, I resigned from my Capitol Hill job to start an organization that I called the Data Transparency Coalition. Now called the… Read More

New Innovation Fellows Arrive In Congress and Aim to Augment Capacity

January 4, 2017
Two hundred individuals applied, and only four were chosen as the 2017 TechCongress Innovation Fellows. They are: Sunmin Kim, a deputy editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit, who specialized… Read More

Congress, Meet Big Data. Big Data Meet Congress

December 9, 2016
Quorum cards with senators and representatives’ stats. Source: Washingtonian.com In case you missed it, the Washingtonian ran a piece on Quorum, a wonky, big data group that analyzes Congress. … Read More