DATA Act passes House

DATA Act passes House

Alice Lipowicz writes:

Open government watchdog groups are applauding the House passage of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) on April 25 that would require federal agencies to consistently report spending information on a new, searchable Web platform.

The legislation passed by a voice vote and will now go before the Senate. If it becomes law, it will establish standards for identifying and publishing electronic information about federal spending.

The federal government would need to spend $575 million over five years to create new structures and systems under the DATA Act, according to a Congressional Budget Office report issued last year.

If I have ever heard of an opportunity for topic maps, this is one.

Not law, yet, but as soon as it is, there will be a variety of tooling up exercises that will set the parameters for later development.

The Digital Accountability & Transparency Act (DATA), H.R. 2146 (as of this data)

BTW, they mention ISO:

Common data elements developed and maintained by an international voluntary consensus standards body, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, such as the International Organization for Standardization. [Sec. 3611(a)(3)(A)]

Two thoughts:

First, the need of agencies for mapping solutions to report their current systems in the new target form.

Second, the creation of “common data elements” that have pre-defined hooks for mapping, using topic maps.

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