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This week, we’re excited to share an exclusive interview with Data First trailblazers at the U.S. Treasury Department, Adam Goldberg and Justin Marsico. Their wide-ranging conversation with HData’s Hudson Hollister covered the shift away from paper-based (“8 ½ x 11 inch”) thinking to a Data First mindset within federal agencies. The discussion drew parallels between the legislative and executive branch warrant handoff process and scenes from “Mad Max: Fury Road” and got specific about what’s AI and what’s buzzword nonsense. Don’t miss this one. The full interview is linked below.

Our team at Xcential is proud to announce a new technology partnership with Lexum to streamline the drafting and publishing of legislative and regulatory documents. Xcential’s LegisPro enables legislative drafters to produce feature-rich XML documents with the ease of using a word processor. Now, the resulting documents can be submitted automatically to one of Lexum’s solutions generating public access websites, indexing them for search, and making them available to the public.

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Modernizing the “High Speed Handoff” between the Legislative and Executive: An Interview with Treasury’s Adam Goldberg and Justin Marsico

Hudson Hollister recently interviewed Adam Goldberg and Justin Marsico on their work furthering data standardization across the federal government, progress toward innovation and transformation at the U.S. Treasury Department, and modernization in the warrant generation process. They discuss the future state they would create (if only they had a magic wand) — some sort of automatic interface between the legislative and the executive — and the real-life, incremental steps necessary to get there.

Ultimately, both Adam and Justin are working hard to bring better efficiency to the largest and most complex financial operation in human history, the management of the U.S. Federal Government.  More ➔

Read the full interview
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Xcential and Lexum Announce Strategic Partnership to Streamline the Drafting and Publishing of Legislative/Regulatory Documents

For decades, Xcential has been providing solutions to modernize the drafting process of rulemaking documents and Lexum has been helping regulatory bodies disseminate their material over the web. In February, the companies were pleased to announce that documents created with Xcential’s LegisPro technology can now be published seamlessly on government public and internal websites using Lexum’s Decisia and Qweri solutions.

Both Xcential and Lexum strongly believe in open standards, web-enabled technologies, and the benefit of interconnections between platforms. The integration between LegisPro and Lexum’s solutions aims at eliminating the need for custom software development by government bodies involved in modernizing how they produce our laws, thus reducing the risks, delays, and costs often associated with such projects. More ➔

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General Services Administration Seeks Vision for Modernizing Regulations Management

On December 17, 2020, the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Regulations Management issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on ways to modernize the federal government’s systems and processes for managing rules, comments, and other regulatory materials.

The Office of Regulation Management runs two of the government’s crucial regulatory management systems: eRulemaking, which manages rulemaking dockets and public comment processes, and ROCIS, which helps agencies submit proposed new rules and amendments to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review.

The Office of Regulations Management is seeking to modernize the systems it runs - but also to build a longer-term plan to transform the drafting, modification, comparison, review, and codification of regulations so that the process is more efficient and transparent, both for federal professionals and for all the stakeholders of government regulation.

Xcential responded to the Office of Regulations Management’s RFI by laying out a vision for Data First regulations management. In this response, Xcential described:

  • How the government must move from a documents-based approach to regulation to a Data First approach, in which each provision, citation, and artefact of a regulation is expressed electronically

  • How a Data First approach will allow regulatory content to flow automatically from drafting to review to modification and through to codification

  • How open data standards like the U.S. Legislative Markup (USLM) can allow modern tools to draft and modify regulatory materials more efficiently

  • How SaaS-based workflows, like those being built by Esper for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and several state governments, can use standardized regulatory materials to save time and money for regulatory professionals

  • How a Data First approach can support automated regulatory compliance by the private sector in the future

President Biden on Day 1: Modernize Regulatory Review!

On January 20, 2021, President Biden directed the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to “produce a set of recommendations for improving and modernizing regulatory review.” The President specifically requested that OMB identify ways for its Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to play a more proactive role in working with regulatory agencies and ways to promote the “efficiency, transparency, and inclusiveness of the interagency review process.”

The President’s stated goals require the federal government to reimagine both the interagency review process and the entire regulations management process, which includes and surrounds interagency review. Today, regulations management is based on documents. To deliver efficiency, transparency, and inclusiveness, regulations management in the future will instead be based on Data First.

Xcential looks forward to working with the federal government to pursue these goals.


The International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform
October 21-22, 2021 | Washington, D.C.

National Association of Legislative Technology Virtual Meetings Series
A continuing series of webinars from the National Association of Legislative Technology, replacing NALIT’s in-person gatherings. The sessions feature legislative technology experts from statehouses around the U.S., focusing on current issues from the latest in bill drafting technology to cybersecurity.

RELACS Virtual Meetings Series
RELACS professional association – a wing of the U.S. National Conference of State Legislatures – is presenting a multi-part series of interactive webinars and virtual meetings geared toward legislative staff who conduct research, draft and edit legislation, examine legal issues, and staff legislative committees. A big focus has been on the transition to remote working for legislative drafters, editors and support staff.

Making Laws in a Post-Modern World: Are You Ready?
The 20th Annual Legislative Drafting Conference of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice this fall focused on the changing technology of legislative drafting and its impact on lawmaking.

LegisTech for Democracy
Bússola Tech, the legislative technology incubator based in São Paulo, marked the International Day for Democracy by gathering presentations from more than 20 Parliament houses around the world, focusing on the rapid technology and legislative data transformations forced by the Covid pandemic.

The Data Coalition
A busy calendar ahead of webinars and online gatherings focused on government data policy, from regulatory and legislative data standard to best practices for government transparency and reporting.

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