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DATA Act: As Reporting Deadline Nears, Challenges Remain That Will Affect Data Quality

DATA Act: As Reporting Deadline Nears, Challenges Remain That Will Affect Data Quality, GAO-17-496: Published: Apr 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2017. “Under the DATA Act, federal agencies must improve the federal spending data that are available to the public through the USASpending.gov website. We’ve reviewed the implementation of the DATA Act and found… Continue Reading

2017 Data Breach Investigations Report

Verizon: “Welcome to the 10th anniversary of the Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). We sincerely thank you for once again taking time to dig into our InfoSec coddiwomple that has now culminated in a decade of nefarious deeds and malicious mayhem in the security world. 2016 was an extremely tumultuous year, both in the United… Continue Reading

DOJ defends USDA take-down of massive animal abuse database

Follow up to previous postings – Animal welfare information wiped from USDA website and Some animal welfare data removed from USDA site is restored – via Josh Gerstein – Politico – “The Justice Department is mounting a legal defense of one of the most-publicized counter-transparency moves of the new Trump administration: the Agriculture Department’s decision… Continue Reading

GAO deleted operations manual – rescued gov doc

Russ Kick via MemoryHole2 – The Government Accountability Office recently deleted its operations manual. Here it is: altgov2.org/gao-manual/ Continue Reading

HBR – Using Blockchain to Keep Public Data Public

Harvard Business Review – Data is under attack by Brian Forde is senior lecturer for bitcoin and blockchain at the MIT Sloan School of Management “…The Obama administration drastically increased the openness of government data, codifying it with an executive order that made open, machine-readable data the new default for government information, to ensure that we have transparency… Continue Reading

NASA’s huge new online image collection explained

NextGov: “From the iconic moon landing to pictures of intergalactic space, more than 140,000 images, audio and video collected by NASA over the decades are now housed in one nice, neat and searchable location: Images.Nasa.gov. The NASA Image and Video Library allows the public to search, share and download NASA content from 60 collections now… Continue Reading

GPO Launches New GPO.gov website

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launches a newly designed, user-friendly agency website for customers, vendors, Federal agencies, libraries and the public looking for access to Government information, the latest GPO news, and GPO products and services. The beta site features a simple, mobile-friendly structure that connects the user in a more streamlined digital manner with… Continue Reading

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer Launches USAFacts – vast searchable database of govdocs

Wired: “Government data is available, but it’s not exactly accessible. A new project from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Seattle design studio Artefact aims to change that. Called USAFacts, it’s an ambitious, $10 million effort to present government data in a way that’s open, non-partisan, and stupidly easy to understand. The website, launching today,… Continue Reading

Updates to the My Congressional District Tool

“The U.S. Census Bureau recently updated the My Congressional District web application for the 115th Congress. Other updates include: Statistics from the 2015 American Community Survey and maps for the congressional districts within the states that were redistricted in September 2016 (Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina and Virginia). Embeddable functionality. Re-enabled ability to download a .csv… Continue Reading

Obama Administration 2016 DOE Transition Books

2016 DOE Transition Books prepared by November 1, 2016, by the former Administration for the Transition Team as required by the Presidential Transition Improvements Act (PTIA) of 2015. MAAdm_TransitionBook1-CorporateOverview2016.pdf (2.34 MB) MAAdm_TransitionBook2-CorporateOverviewApp2016.pdf MAAdm_TransitionBook3-OrganizationOverviews2016.pdf(5.55 MB) Slides from Secretary Moniz’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Presentation FY 2017 Budget Request Before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee… Continue Reading

White House cancels Open.gov

TIME: “…White House officials said the Administration is ending the contract for Open.gov, the Obama-era site that hosted the visitor records along with staff financial disclosures, salaries, and appointments. An official said it would save $70,000 through 2020 [emphasis added] and that the removed disclosures, salaries and appointments would be integrated into WhiteHouse.gov in the… Continue Reading

Commentary – Why Visualizing Open Data Isn’t Enough

Kate Rabinowitz, D.C. Policy Center: “With a new proposed Data Policy, release of high profile datasets on topics like 311 and taxicabs, and Open Government Advisory Group, the D.C. Government looks interested in moving up the ranks of open data cities. This is good news for policymakers, businesses, and citizens. But with open data comes… Continue Reading