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The Data Transparency Coalition

“The Data Transparency Coalition advocates on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for the publication of government information as standardized, machine-readable data. We believe governments should adopt non-proprietary data standards for the information they generate or collect, and publish such information as machine-readable data, especially with regard to their spending, regulatory, legislative, and judicial activity. The transformation of public information generated and received by governments from disconnected documents into interoperable open data will:

  • Strengthen democratic accountability by making public data more accessible for citizens and watchdogs;
  • Enhance government management by improving data sharing and analytics capabilities;
  • Reduce compliance costs by automating reporting processes.

Data transparency also stimulates tech-sector innovation and creates jobs. The Data Transparency Coalition, on behalf of both the private sector and the public interest:

  • Advocates legislative and regulatory mandates for data standardization and publication;
  • Educates government leaders, private-sector innovators, and the public on the benefits of data transparency; and
  • Convenes stakeholders to collaboratively design policies and build technology solutions that will drive the data transparency transformation.”

Cyber Intrusion into U.S. Office of Personnel Management: In Brief

CRS – Cyber Intrusion into U.S. Office of Personnel Management: In Brief, July 17, 2015. “On June 4, 2015, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed that a cyber intrusion had impacted its information technology systems and data, potentially compromising the personal information of about 4.2 million former and current federal employees. Later thatContinue Reading

CRS Insights – OPM Data Breach

OPM Data Breach: Personnel Security Background Investigation Data. Michelle D. Christensen, Analyst in Government Organization and Management, July 24, 2015 (IN10327): “In a July 9, 2015, news release on the cyber-intrusions of its systems, OPM “concluded with high confidence that sensitive information, including the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of 21.5 million individuals, was stolen from theContinue Reading

Statement by the ODNI on Retention of Data Collected Under Section 215 of USA PATRIOT Act

July 27, 2015: “On June 29, 2015, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Government’s application to resume the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program pursuant to the USA FREEDOM Act’s 180-day transition provision. As part of our effort to transition to the new authority, we have evaluated whether NSA should maintain access to theContinue Reading

Americans with Disabilities Act – 25th Anniversary

Via USA.gov: “Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans With Disabilities Act – July 26 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislation was signed into law in 1990 to eliminate discrimination against, and to promote opportunities for people with physical and mentalContinue Reading

How to establish an online Social Security account

“My Social Security Week is a good opportunity to learn more about opening an online Social Security account. Even if you’re nowhere near retirement, having an account will help you track your earnings, give you quicker access to manage the benefits you may be receiving, and much more. Plan for your future, and join the over 20Continue Reading

Financial Resource Guides for Newcomers to US

“Throughout the United States, people unfamiliar with our financial marketplace are more likely to fall prey to frauds and schemes. Low English literacy can make it even harder to manage money safely and effectively on a day-to-day basis. To help, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) developed a series of guides that provide information aboutContinue Reading

CFPB Consumer Complaint Database

“The Consumer Complaint Database is a collection of 420,678 complaints, on a range of consumer financial products and services, sent to nearly 3,000 companies for response. We don’t verify all the facts alleged in these complaints, but we take steps to confirm a commercial relationship between the consumer and the company. See publication criteria.  SinceContinue Reading

Big Spending by Google Facebook and Amazon on Federal Lobbying

ConsumerWatchDog: “Google trimmed its spending on lobbying in the second quarter by 13 percent to $4.62 million, according to disclosure forms filed today with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech giants. Google spent $5.29 million on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2014 and $5.1 millionContinue Reading

HHS unveils first compendium of resources for health emergencies

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched the first online collection of the federal resources and capabilities available to mitigate the health impacts of emergencies. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) sponsored the HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium to aid state, tribal, territorial, local officialsContinue Reading

Handing Over the Keys to the Castle

Handing Over the Keys to the Castle – OPM Demonstrated that Antiquated Security Practices Harm National Security. Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology. July 2015. “In this digital age, information is secured, coveted, and exfiltrated by nation states, hacktivists, and ambitious actors because, now more than ever, knowledge is power. Modern needs dictate that only authorizedContinue Reading

FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool June 2015

FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool June 2015. OMB Control 1557-0328. Expiration Date: December 31, 2015. “In light of the increasing volume and sophistication of cyber threats, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) developed the Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (Assessment), on behalf of its members, to help institutions identify their risks and determine their cybersecurity maturity. TheContinue Reading