As Senior Policy Director, Christian Hoehner leads the Coalition’s legislative and executive branch advocacy efforts. Prior to the Data Coalition, Christian spent five years with the independent government affairs firm Van Scoyoc Associates where he worked with the firm’s university, research and development, and technology contractor client base. He conducted legislative policy research, tracked the budget process, identified federal programmatic funding opportunities, and developed relations with Congressional staff and industry leaders on behalf of the firm. Christian is a two time graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in both U.S. Government and Sociology and a Masters of Science in the Management of Information Technology (MS-MIT) from the McIntire School of Commerce.
President Trump signed the OPEN Government Data Act (H.R. 4174) on January 14, 2019. The law is a major milestone for open data. Now that the law has been enacted, what should Congress and the administration do next to ensure the benefits of open data are fully realized?