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Cultural challenges slow federal open data efforts

Kenneth Corbin | Aug. 5, 2015
Federal CIOs face cultural challenges and governance issues in trying to comply with DATA Act requirements to make spending information accurate and available.

"We're just getting started," Mader said. "This iterative approach is going to get us real results faster."

Dodaro credited the administration for a respectable opening effort to promote the DATA Act, but cautioned officials to take a more expansive, long-term view of the law, and not to let up on the pressure on agencies to streamline their governance frameworks.

"Treasury and OMB have a good initial governance structure, but they have yet to establish how it's going to be permanently done over time," Dodaro said. "I think it's very important to do it now because the implementation of the DATA Act will span the next two administrations. And I'm concerned that there will be lost momentum and lack of direction to the agencies without that permanent governance structure being in place now that can transcend the transition to the new administration."


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