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USASpending.gov performance thus far a cautionary tale for DATA Act implementation, says GAO

Try as it might, the federal government doesn't have the best track record on publicly reporting spending data, Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office, told lawmakers Dec. 3. USASpending.gov's success thus far could serve as a cautionary tale for the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act,  said  Dodaro during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

VanRoekel: DATA Act requirements don't map to federal systems

Conformance with the newly-enacted Digital Accountability and Transparency Act will require heavy lifting on the part of government, said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel. "As far as systems today and how we can get there, they don't necessarily map in the way that the act described," said VanRoekel.

After DATA Act, open data advocate previews next steps

"There are many, many ways to fudge the work that OMB and Treasury now have to do," said Hudson Hollister of the Data Transparency Coalition.

Spending transparency gets boost with passage of DATA Act, awaits President's signature

Bipartisan legislation designed to bring greater transparency, consistency and accuracy into federal government spending through the use of strong, uniform open data standards is headed to President Obama for his signature.

With Senate passage, DATA Act on track to become law

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act took another step toward enactment into law after the Senate passed the bill unanimously Thursday. After it passed, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a  statement  in support of the Senate version, calling it a compromise supported by leaders from both parties in both chambers.

Groups defend DATA Act from OMB suggestions

A coalition of advocacy groups criticized the Obama administration for revisions it proposed to the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act in a Feb. 11 letter to the president.

Treasury moves on data transparency (with or without DATA Act)

Even without the  financial oversight responsibilities  the Treasury Department would receive under the House-approved version of the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), the department intends to standardize the subset of agency financial reporting it already controls, said a Treasury Department official.

DATA Act passes in the House

The House passed Nov. 19 the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), which requires federal agencies and departments to release more complete and higher-quality spending data. The bill also shifts oversight of federal spending transparency dashboard USASpending.gov from the Office of Management and Budget to the Treasury Department.

CSIS notes shortcomings of federal spending transparency efforts

Federal spending data systems have improved in recent years but still come up short in their efforts to fully inform the public on government spending, says a June 6 brief from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Issa tries again with DATA Act

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will try again this year to pass into law a bill that would require federal agencies and companies or organizations receiving federal dollars to report back each quarter financial data using standardized data elements.