The power of the DATA Act begins to emerge

On a recent May day at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Innovation Center in Washington, D.C., about 50 creative minds opened their laptops in a street-level conference room lined with windows and dry-erase walls, and dove into 100,000 federal spending reports.

About 30 hours later, the industry IT experts took the center’s stage to present their work during the first ever DATA Act Hackathon — an early opportunity to explore the standardized spending information at the heart of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act.

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