Make Change Consistent: Legislative Recommendation #2

In preparation for the U.S. House conference on data and transparency, I'm making four basic recommendations that, together, would create a framework for a more efficient electronic representation of U.S. Federal statutes.The attention from the House on data transparency, combined with current partisan gridlock on issues of policy, make this a perfect... [Read More]

Write in Plain English: Legislative Recommendation #1

I earlier listed recommendations for the U.S. House's Feb. 2 conference on legislative transparency and accessibility.  These recommendations, to improve the human and machine accessibility of Federal legislation first require changes in the way that legislation is written, and second focus on the technology to support those changes.  Some of these changes... [Read More]

Legislative Standards: U.S. House Conference

The U.S. House will hold a conference about transparency and legislative data on February 2, 2012 (with remote streaming?).  As Daniel Schuman of the Sunlight Foundation writes, "This is a big deal."  In this time of extreme partisanship and one-upmanship in politics, legislative data transparency is both important and that... [Read More]

Tax Simplification: Use Data

This year, I hope politicians on both sides of the aisle heed professor Annette Nellen's advice to simplify tax law.  Nellen's article, for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) highlights remarks by IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman on simplifying tax law.  Nellen provides a table showing broad agreement between the Commissioner's... [Read More]