OpenTheGovernment.org has joined 24 civil society organizations in calling on the Obama Administration to require bidders for federal contracts to disclose information about the identities of people who own and control them. The letter also calls for award, contract and ownership information to be made available on line for everyone for free.
The coalition letter, submitted to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, calls on Congress to urge the Administration to start this assessment without delay, to adopt a contractor identifier that is a non-proprietary, open system and that includes the collection and publication of beneficial ownership information. This would greatly enhance the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act), the first legislation of its kind to mandate data transparency that seeks to link up U.S. federal spending information as standardized data available to everyone online.
Read the full letter here.