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Government Data Sharing Community of Practice

Federal government agencies face challenges in sharing information, using data analytics, and leveraging resources that could assist them in their missions. This community brings together officials from all levels of government to overcome these challenges.

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In January 2013, GAO co-hosted a forum alongside the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to explore using data analytics—which involve a variety of techniques to analyze and interpret data—to help identify fraud, waste, and abuse in government. Forum participants included representatives from federal, state, and local government agencies as well as the private sector. A summary of the key themes from the forum is published here.

Through facilitated discussion, forum participants identified a variety of challenges that hinder their abilities to share and use data. For example, throughout the forum, participants cited the need for greater coordination and incentives for federal, state, and local government agencies to share information among themselves and with each other. To address these and other issues related to coordination and data sharing, GAO formed the Government Data Sharing Community of Practice.

On June 10, as part of our ongoing Government Data Sharing Community of Practice, we will host a panel at the DATA Act Summit.

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) could potentially

  • improve federal management through analytics;
  • allow grantees and contractors to automate compliance tasks; and
  • open the full life cycle of federal spending to public scrutiny, among other things.

GAO’s panel will discuss the cultural change needed within organizations to fulfill the promise of the DATA Act.

For more information, see the Data Transparency Coalition’s DATA Act Summit event site:

The Government Data Sharing Community of Practice features a series of discussions on challenges and opportunities related to sharing data in government. The timeline below provides more information on upcoming events and notes from previous events.

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Stephen Lord
Director, Forensic Audits
and Investigative Service