Press Release The U.S. House of Representatives

Published on April 28th, 2014 | by Daniel Castro


Center for Data Innovation Praises Passage of the DATA Act

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2014) – The Center for Data Innovation commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), which will vastly improve how federal financial data is tracked and published.

The current state of federal financial reporting is needlessly complicated, prone to human error, and unsuitable for large-scale analysis. The DATA Act will give the public better access to federal spending information; enable government oversight bodies to conduct computer-aided data analysis to identify fraud, waste, and abuse; cut grantee costs by enabling automated reporting; and spur the development of new businesses that will use the data to create new products and services.

“With this legislation, big data is finally coming of age in the federal government,” says Daniel Castro, Director of the Center for Data Innovation. “The DATA Act promises to usher in a new era of data-driven transparency, accountability, and innovation in federal financial information.  This is a big win for taxpayers, innovators, and journalists.”

The DATA Act passed the U.S. Senate earlier this month and will now go to Present Barack Obama for final approval.

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About the Author

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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