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Report to Congress: DATA Act Pilot Program

Report to Congress: DATA Act Pilot Program, Office of Management and Budget, August 10, 2017.

“In May 2017, the Administration enabled a new view of Federal spending that for the first time, linked Federal account information to awards. This represents the successful implementation of the centerpiece of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) (Pub.L. No. 113-101). Reaching this milestone was the culmination of three years of effort by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and partner Federal agencies to transform the manner in which Federal financial information is provided to the public. The effort began with the standardization of key data elements shared across multiple functions, continued with the development of new linkages across government management processes, and resulted in an innovative new public display. The authors of the DATA Act believed that the increased interoperability of financial data systems could dramatically improve the efficiency of the Federal government, and significantly reduce the financial reporting burden of grantees, contractors and other parties that partner with the government…”

OpenCorporates posts French company registration database

opencorporates blog: “It is thanks to the persistence, effort, and hard-work from open data advocates both inside and outside government that French companies are now available as open data. Since January, France’s Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSEE) has published the official “SIRENE” company registration database as open data, and after extensive… Continue Reading

Fortune’s 2017 40 Under 40

“Fortune’s 2017 40 Under 40, our annual ranking of the most influential young people in business. Read on to meet these disruptors, innovators, rebels and artists—and prepare to be inspired” Continue Reading

CBO – The Effects of Terminating Payments for Cost-Sharing Reductions

“Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurers receive federal payments to cover costs incurred when offering plans with reduced deductibles, copayments, and other cost sharing to some people who purchase plans through the ACA marketplaces. If those payments for cost-sharing reductions stopped after the end of this year, participating insurers would raise premiums to cover… Continue Reading

Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2017 Annual Report

United States International Trade Commission – Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2017 Annual Report, May 2017 “Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2017 Annual Report focuses on U.S. exports and imports of professional services, particularly accounting and auditing, architecture and engineering, legal, and management consulting services. In 2015, the United States exported $139.7 billion… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – America’s Best Companies to Work For

24/7 Wall St – “Adults working full-time in the United States spend about a third of their waking life at work — and often much more. Because work has such a central role in our lives, job satisfaction is crucial to our well-being. And given the ability to choose, many of us would prefer to… Continue Reading

20 EU countries see rise in modern slavery risks – Study

“Modern slavery risks have risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 member states of the European Union over the last year, reveals an annual study from global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft. According to the 2nd edition of the Modern Slavery Index (MSI), the five EU countries posing the highest risk are Romania, Greece, Italy,… Continue Reading

The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade

Pew report – The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade: “Many experts say lack of trust will not be a barrier to increased public reliance on the internet. Those who are hopeful that trust will grow expect technical and regulatory change will combat users’ concerns about security and privacy. Those who have doubts… Continue Reading

National Information Center – central repository of data about banks and other institutions in which Federal Reserve has supervisory, regulatory, or research interest

“The National Information Center (NIC) provides comprehensive information on banks and other institutions for which the Federal Reserve has a supervisory, regulatory, or research interest including both domestic and foreign banking organizations operating in the U.S. The NIC Public Web Site is an interface to the NIC data, which may be accessed by selecting “Institution… Continue Reading

Bank of America, Samsung pilot iris-scan logins

American Banker – “This month, Bank of America will begin piloting technology from Samsung that lets customers log in to mobile banking by taking a picture of their eye. The pilot is part of a broader effort to gauge customers’ affinity for various forms of biometric authentication, says Michelle Moore, head of digital banking at… Continue Reading

New Tool for Looking at Federal Cybersecurity Spending

“With malicious hacking and other cyber threats on the rise, Taxpayers for Common Sense recently turned our attention to how much the federal government spends to keep us safe from cyber threats and where it spends that money.  Our analysts spent two years reviewing hundreds of thousands of pages of federal budget documents in an attempt to answer those questions. When… Continue Reading

Partisan Shifts in Views of the Nation, but Overall Opinions Remain Negative

Pew – “Republicans have become far more upbeat about the country and its future since before Donald Trump’s election victory. By contrast, Democrats have become much less positive. As a result, opinions among the public overall have shown little change – and remain about as negative they were in Barack Obama’s final year in office.… Continue Reading