IDQ Webinars: with Hudson Hollister
Data Transparency Legislation: New Opportunities for Data Management
In 2014, the US Congress unanimously passed, and President Obama signed, the most sweeping government management reform in a quarter-century. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, directs the federal government to transform all of its spending information from disconnected documents into open, standardized data.
The DATA Act is only the beginning. Congress is poised to mandate standardized data in other areas, too, starting with financial services regulation, with the introduction in May 2015 of the Financial Transparency Act. These federal policy changes offer new opportunities for government and private-sector organizations to use data standards to drive better data management and better data quality.
About the Author
Hudson Hollister is the founder and executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. The Coalition is a trade association of technology companies, nonprofits, and individuals supporting the publication of government data in machine-readable formats. The Coalition supports reforms such as the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, to transform U.S. federal spending information from disconnected documents into open data. Prior to founding the Data Transparency Coalition, he 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 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Before his government service, he was a securities litigator at Latham & Watkins LLP.
About the Author
Robin Rappaport is the Data Quality Team Leader responsible for delivery of the Data Quality Initiative for Research Databases at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Her work and that of her team contributed to the IRS being awarded a Computerworld Honor and a Government Computer News (GCN) Gala Award. She has over 25 years of experience as a Data Quality practitioner. Her undergraduate degree was in Economics with Computer Science. Her graduate work was in Operations Research with a concentration in Mathematical Modeling in Information Systems. She has worked in both private (6 years) and public sectors (since June 1990). Her positions include Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, and Operations Research Analyst.
In addition to IQ International, the International Association for Information & Data Quality, she is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). She was Chairman, Individual Membership for the Washington, D.C. chapter from 1987- 1990. She was elected Secretary and served from 1990 - 1991.
Contact Robin by email at robin [dot] rappaport [AT] iaidq [dot] org