Dick Gregg, former fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury, outlines three steps for successfully implementing the DATA Act. His advice is robust and substantial – it's clearly born of experience. He starts out with calling for an end to usage of proprietary standards, like the DUNS number used to identify federal contractors. DUNS is owned by Dunn & Bradstreet – which is itself a federal contractor.
His second point is about keeping dialog open. Obviously Gregg knows data standardization is an ongoing process and one which requires abundant people skills. And I love his third point: “All Agencies Need the Same Standards - No Special Exceptions.” He's reasonable about how this commonality can be achieved, accepting there may need to be one-off temporary divergences.
Navigating this complex change process, and ensuring that one-off kludges don't become long-term exceptions, will require steady oversight from folks of Mr Gregg's caliber. It's good to see him on the board of the Data Transparency Coalition. Tech Insider