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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
Dee Alpert
Francesco Alexander Portelos
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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The Data Transparency Coalition Is Launched
Too often, federal data is not published online at all, or published in outdated, inconsistent formats that make it difficult to use. The Data Transparency Coalition will lobby Congress and the executive branch to standardize the government's identifiers and markup languages - technologies that will make spending data, regulatory filings, legislative actions fully searchable, government-wide.
          
Friends:

This morning we're launching the Data Transparency Coalition, which will bring together technology companies and nonprofits to support federal data reform. Too often, federal data is not published online at all, or published in outdated, inconsistent formats that make it difficult to use. The Data Transparency Coalition will lobby Congress and the executive branch to standardize the government's identifiers and markup languages - technologies that will make spending data, regulatory filings, legislative actions fully searchable, government-wide.

Our coalition includes market leaders and brand-new start-ups, and leading financial reporting providers from the United States, France, and India. We're pleased to welcome former Recovery Board chairman Earl Devaney, former U.S. deputy CTO Beth Noveck, XBRL US president Campbell Pryde, Jim Harper of the Cato Institute and Eric Gillespie of Viano Capital to our board of advisors.

Our work will start with a campaign for the House passage of the DATA Act, which will deliver accurate, complete, searchable information on federal spending to the public for the first time. But it won't end there. Other types of federal information need to be standardized too - program performance, corporate disclosures, Congressional resolutions, judicial documents, and more. Our coalition will pursue comprehensive federal data reform.

We'll also work to connect innovators in the private sector with government data problems. Our members' products and services can automatically standardize messy data compilations, instantly find indicators of wasteful spending and fraudulent behavior, and use open data to help people make better decisions. We'll host some amazing demonstrations on our website.

We need your help.

-Please help me spread the word about our launch. You'll find our press release here and our introductory video here. Blog about 'em!
-Help us build our audience for the campaign for federal data reform. Every Facebook Like and every Twitter follow counts.
-We continue to seek members and funding! If you find yourself in the sudden possession of a tech company or a nonprofit that cares about government transparency - call me.

Thanks, and stay in touch.

Hudson Hollister
Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition
312-493-7533

datacoalition.org

 
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