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Senator Warner’s DATA Act Receives Wide Praise

Richmond Times Dispatch: “Our taxpayers deserve to see clear, accessible information about government spending”

NBC 29: “Passage of the DATA Act builds on Sen. Warner’s efforts to demand greater accountability and efficiency in federal programs and spending.”

Augusta Free Press: “The DATA Act has been hailed as “the single biggest thing” Congress could do to identify wasteful federal spending.”

Please see below for coverage of Senator Warner’s DATA Act, which makes the federal government more transparent with how it spends taxpayers’ money. Working with Republican Senator Rob Portman and Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, Sen. Warner helped get the DATA Act passed and signed into law. Media outlets across Virginia and the nation have heralded the law as an innovative approach that will provide “unprecedented insight into federal spending” and proves that the “Virginia delegation…can get things done.”

Sen. Warner Continues Success in Keeping Government Accountable
“Passage of the DATA Act builds on Sen. Warner’s efforts to demand greater accountability and efficiency in federal programs and spending. Sen. Warner also successfully sponsored the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, which requires federal agencies to report results quarterly on their highest priority programs and to designate a performance improvement officer for each agency.” [NBC 29, 4/28/2014]

DATA Act Shows Rare Bipartisanship in Washington
“Congress passed [the DATA Act] unanimously in a rare showing of widespread agreement.” [Washington Post, 04/29/2014]

DATA Act Seen as Victory for Virginia Republicans and Democrats
“Sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Mark R. Warner [the DATA Act] passed the House with the backing of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th … ‘Our taxpayers deserve to see clear, accessible information about government spending, and this accountability will highlight and help us eliminate waste and fraud.’ Cantor called the DATA Act’s adoption a ‘landmark victory.’” [Richmond Times Dispatch, 4/29/2014]

DATA Act is ‘Single Biggest Thing’ to Identify Wasteful Spending
“Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dorado has hailed the DATA Act as ‘the single biggest thing’ Congress could do to identify wasteful federal spending, and the DATA Act has been called the most significant open-government initiative since the Freedom of Information Act of 1966.” [Augusta Free Press, 4/28/2014]

Sen. Warner Applauded for Innovative Work on Transparent Data
“Sen. Mark Warner gets a high-five for sponsoring the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act … the nation’s first comprehensive legislation requiring federal agencies to post their financial information in an understandable form for the public.” [The Daily Progress, 5/18/2014]

DATA Act Furthers Innovation in Tech Industry
“The DATA Act will unlock a new public resource that innovators, watchdogs, and citizens can mine for valuable and unprecedented insight into federal spending.” [Reuters, 5/09/2014]

Sen. Warner’s Work on DATA Act Proves Effectiveness
“Score one for Mark Warner. The House of Representatives has passed his DATA Act … the Virginia delegation is proving it can get things done.” [Richmond Times Dispatch, 5/14/2014]

DATA Act Benefits All Americans
“Advocates from across the political spectrum have endorsed the DATA Act because all Americans will benefit from clear, accessible information about how their tax dollars are being spent.” [Forbes,4/15/2014]


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