ICFE eNEWS #13-05 - February 26th 2013
Consumer.Data.Gov is Live!
Smart Disclosure Data Community at
Consumer.Data.gov, is an
important step to empower Americans with the data and tools they
need to make more informed choices in the marketplace.
disclosure" is the act of making potentially useful data
more readily available--both to consumers directly and to
innovators who can use it to build tools that help consumers
make smart decisions. Federal agencies have already taken steps
to promote smart disclosure by unleashing their data to support
creation of a range of new apps, websites, and
services--including product comparison websites, mobile shopping
apps, and personalized dashboards that help consumers monitor
their finances and energy usage.
The Community announced today is a first-of-its-kind
centralized platform containing over 400 smart disclosure data
sets and Resources from dozens of agencies across government.
Using the Community, entrepreneurs and innovators can access
free Federal data to create the consumer applications, products,
and services of the future--all in one convenient location.
Innovators have already built a number of successful products
using smart disclosure data. One company offers a mobile app
that uses freely available Federal data about health care
facilities, along with other information, to connect patients to
local health care providers. Another startup uses
free data from
the Department of Labor to help individuals understand their
401(k) plans. Yet another company employs anonymized
credit card complaint data from the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau to help consumers monitor their credit and
debit cards for suspicious charges.
Other tools focus on empowering individuals to make informed
decisions based on their own personal data, while ensuring
security and safeguarding privacy. For example, a number of
companies provide tailored advice for individuals about how to
save money on their electricity bills based on their own energy
usage data, which is made available through the
Green Button initiative. Other efforts focus on giving
consumers better access to their own
health records and
education data so that they can make informed choices.
The Smart Disclosure Community is designed to accelerate
these innovations and fuel the next generation of tools to help
consumers manage their decisions in a variety of domains,
including: education, energy, environment, finance, food and
nutrition, health, housing, safety, and transportation. It also
contains dozens of already-existing consumer apps built using
smart disclosure data; information on Federal challenges related
to smart disclosure; and online forums for dialog on this
Entrepreneurs, innovators, suppliers of consumer goods and
services, and members of the public are invited to explore the
Smart Disclosure Data Community
and join the conversation in our
Sophie Raseman is Director of Smart Disclosure in the
U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Consumer Policy
Nick Sinai is Deputy US Chief Technology Officer at OSTP