Very good article discussing potential regulation tied to the financial overhaul bill that would require a number of regulators to use XBRL as the "...uniform format to collect data from industry". Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, has been working the government back channels for a while now touting XBRL as a key enabler to helping collect, store, disseminate and analyze financial information. It looks like he's pretty serious about going on record very soon with his intentions.
Interesting to see how this plays out in the coming weeks and months; give the article a quick read, well worth the time. Full Article Here