How the OPEN Government Data Act Empowers Data-Driven Government

On-Demand Webinar

About This Webinar

Topic: Government Analytics

Intended Audience: Chief Analytics Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Directors of Analytics, Chief Information Officers, Directors of Data Management, Program Managers, Chief Acquisition Officers, Grant Managers, Chief Financial Officers

Length: 52 minutes

On January 14, 2019, President Trump signed the OPEN Government Data Act into law as part of Pubic Law 115-445. The OPEN Government Data Act creates a presumption that all federal information should be standardized in machine-readable formats and freely-available for public access. The new law also requires every agency to appoint a chief data officer and develop a comprehensive inventory of all its data sets, not just the public ones.


The OPEN Government Data Act is much more than a transparency law. Its presumption in favor of machine-readability and public access will open up new internal uses as well as external ones. Empowered by the OPEN Government Data Act, federal executives will be better able to gain access to the internal data they need to empower analytics and drive decisions.

Attendees will learn:

  • Two ways to use the OPEN Government Data Act to gain access to the internal data you need
  • Cutting-edge applications of federal data to drive management decisions, and how the OPEN Government Data Act will enhance these
  • Where to engage with like-minded leaders who face similar challenges

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About the Hosts

Webinar hosts Robert Han (Elder Research, Director, Washington DC) and Hudson Hollister (HData, Founder and Principal) draw on their years of combined analytical experience in the government sector to highlight how the Open Government Data Act is helping federal executives use data to improve decision-making.


Robert Han is a Director at Elder Research overseeing the Washington, D.C. office. Over the past six years at Elder Research, he has led innovative data science teams that have tackled some of the industry’s most challenging data science and analytics problems for both federal government and private sector clients. Some examples include designing and deploying cutting edge machine learning models to identify and prioritize highly suspicious actors (financial market players, medical providers, unemployment insurance recipients, workers compensation beneficiaries) for investigators and analysts; applying various text mining techniques to deploy models (both supervised and unsupervised) and solutions that ingest large amounts of documents from unstructured text; and leveraging network analysis and graph modeling techniques to detect highly suspicious social network behaviors and potential collusion within high profile domains such as the opioid crisis and federal tax fraud.


Hudson Hollister founded HData to help data companies build the relationships, strategies, and understanding they need to deploy their technologies to transform business and governance. Hudson is a securities lawyer, former regulator, former Congressional investigator, and trade association executive. He has invested his career in applying technological innovations to make regulation, government, and law work better. Hudson founded the Data Coalition and served as its first executive director. The Data Coalition is the world’s largest open data trade association. Its nearly fifty member companies work together to advocate for policy reforms to adopt common data structures across government management and compliance reporting. The Data Coalition has successfully passed multiple data reforms in Congress.

Hudson also founded the Data Foundation, a research nonprofit which works to define an open and standardized future for our society’s data. The Data Foundation has published market-leading research in the potential of technology to deliver better government management, create public transparency, and automate compliance tasks. The Foundation also works with government agencies to educate civil servants on how to use government data to solve problems. The Foundation hosts Data Transparency, the largest annual open data conference in the United States. Hudson has written legislation, testified before Congress, and served as a board member and advisor to diverse startup companies and nonprofit organizations. He received the Federal 100 Award in 2015 and 2019.