June 22, 2011The Honorable Darrell E. Issa, ChairmanCommittee on Oversight and Government ReformUnited States House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515RE: The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2011, H.R. 2146Dear Congressman Issa:Several standards organizations groups representing the financial services reporting industry, including FIX Protocol Ltd.(FPL), International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication (ISITC), Society for WorldwideInterbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), and XBRL US (eXtensible Business Reporting Language, US jurisdiction)are writing to express strong support for the proposed Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act. The DATAAct calls for the creation of a Financial Accountability and Spending Transparency Board (FAST Board) to collectinformation from Federal agencies and specifies that the FAST Board will incorporate existing nonproprietary datastandards such as XBRL.We believe that implementation of the DATA Act, which was proposed on June 13 by Representative Darrell Issa,Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will give the American public consistentreporting standards and more accurate and timely information, resulting in greater transparency into federal spendingfor American citizens.FPL, ISITC, SWIFT and XBRL US are all financial messaging standards bodies that meet regularly to collaborate andleverage their expertise to improve interoperability, save costs of maintaining multiple syntaxes within the same area of the transaction lifecycle, provide stability, and decrease risk for the international financial services community.Our support stems from the clear and specific requirement in the DATA Act for a common data standard.The explicit use of standards as proposed in the legislation is a significant evolution in the reporting of government data.Requiring
information should be disclosed is equally as important as requiring
should be disclosed foraccessibility of information. The more reporting applications developed using the same data standard, the greater thestreamlining, cost-reduction and time-savings that can be recognized.