Posts tagged as ‘USASpending.gov’
The DATA Act is arriving in the nick of time. The years ahead are unlikely to be a period of budgetary growth. The government pretty much has the resources they are going to have. The threats facing the U.S., however, are growing and coming at us at the speed of blur in an unforgiving environment.
FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HUDSON HOLLISTER: "We call on the new Trump Administration and the 115th Congress to enforce (and expand) the DATA Act, embrace a government-wide transformation of all information resources through the OPEN Government Data Act, and initiate regulatory reforms that use open data to reduce burdens, governed by the Financial Transparency Act and other reforms. I am optimistic that we will realize all three goals."
Reps. Darrell Issa and Mike Quigley co-chair the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus. The've just announced that next week, on Tuesday, March 22, they will co-host a Transparency Caucus briefing on the implementation of the DATA Act.
Eight years ago, as a result of the Federal Funding and Accountability Act, the United States launched a website that would forever change U.S. government transparency efforts. In 2007, USASpending.gov commenced to provide information on federal contract and grant awards. For the first time, anyone could access a user friendly website and search for award information on federal contracts, purchase cards, grants, and loans. Last week, the Department of the Treasury unveiled an upgraded version at OpenBeta.USASpending.gov. The phrase “Open Beta” in the new site’s URL reflects that this is a work in progress, not a finished product.
Working with the Treasury Department and GSA’s 18F tech team, the SBA developed a template to connect information from its existing spending systems—accounting details, budget plans, appropriations accounts, grant-writing, contract-writing—to the corresponding DATA Act standards. Treasury calls the template—which is now being offered to all agencies, open-source—a “data broker.”
Section 5 of the DATA Act requires OMB to establish a pilot program to test whether standardizing the data elements used in recipient reporting can reduce the burden that grantees and contractors experience in reporting on the federal funds that they receive and spend. Unfortunately, that pilot program doesn’t really exist yet.
One year ago yesterday, President Obama signed the DATA Act into law. The Treasury Department and the White House met the law's first deadline on Friday, May 8 (a day early!), by announcing the data standards that will transform federal spending into open data. In this post, you'll find a full rundown of Friday's announcement; an unvarnished assessment of what's good, what's bad, and what's vague about it; and key next steps supporters can take.
Last week, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Treasury Department collected formal comments from all interested parties on the crucial first step of implementing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). By May 2015, Treasury and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) must establish government-wide data standards for federal spending.
We're much obliged to Ari Hoffnung, Senior Adviser at Coalition member Socrata, Inc., for this blog post. Socrata helps public sector organizations improve transparency, citizen service, and data-driven decision-making. Ari is a national leader in promoting financial transparency and previously served as the New York City Deputy Comptroller for Budget & Public Affairs. He was also the driving force behind the award-winning Checkbook NYC website.
This guest post by Nina Quattrocchi, a senior product associate at FindTheBest, explains how FindTheBest adds value to currently-available U.S. federal spending data–and how the DATA Act could deliver more accurate, more complete information for FindTheBest to publish for citizens’ use. FindTheBest is a Startup Member of the Data Transparency Coalition.