Advisory: Congressional Data Coalition to launch on 4-04

1 April 2014
CONTACT: Derrick Crowe
CONGRESSIONAL DATA COALITION LAUNCHES TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC ONLINE ACCESS TO LEGISLATIVE PROCESSBipartisan leaders in civic tech discuss redesigning Congress for the digital ageWHAT: Official launch of the Congressional Data Coalition and discussion on public access to congressional information


  • Daniel Schuman, Policy Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW); Chairman, Congressional Data Coalition (opening remarks)
  • Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Global Policy Counsel, Bitcoin Foundation; (Moderator)
  • Steve Dwyer, Senior Policy Advisor and Digital Director, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
  • Kirsten Gullickson, Senior Systems Analyst, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Nick Schaper, Senior Vice President, Engage; former Director of Digital Media, Speaker John Boehner
  • Josh Tauberer, Founder, Govtrack.Us

WHEN: Friday, April 4, 2014, from 10:30 a.m.-noon

WHERE:1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515


What does a digital Congress look like? Congress has an opportunity to make truly transformative changes in its approach to data that could drastically reduce legislative staff workloads while making the federal government leaner and more effective. Without modernization, however, civic hackers and constituents could be effectively cut off from data used to track legislation and hold elected officials accountable.

Hill credentials are not required for attendance. The event is organized by the Congressional Data Coalition, sponsored by CREW and R Street Institute, and made possible with the assistance of other organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, Engine Advocacy, Competitive Enterprise Institute, TechFreedom, GovTrack, WashingtonWatch, Data Transparency Coalition, and others.


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit or contact Derrick Crowe at 202.408.5565 or