PSC Commends Senate DATA Act

Arlington, Va., September 28, 2012—The Professional Services Council welcomed the new Senate version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), in a statement today.

The bill, S. 3600, was introduced by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on September 21. It is a successor to an earlier version, S. 1222, the senators introduced on June 16, 2011.

“This new bill lays the groundwork for a path forward on federal data transparency without creating broad new bureaucracies or costly and unnecessary new reporting burdens,” said PSC President and CEO Stan Soloway. “Sens. Warner and Portman deserve real credit for considering the objectives and concerns of a range of stakeholders and making critical improvements to their previous version of the bill.”

“For example, the senators adopted the proper approach by avoiding dual reporting of data from both industry and government, while expanding on the public release of government data at the program, activity and object class levels. This expanded information collection and dissemination will be important for government planning and oversight and will also help the public better understand where the government is making its investments.”

“We look forward to working with the senators as the bill advances.” Soloway said.

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About PSC: PSC has been the voice of the government professional and technical services industry for 40 years. PSC’s more than 350 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states. Follow PSC on Twitter @PSCSpeaks and @StanSoloway.