Senate Introduces Bill to Increase Transparency in Federal Spending

June 17, 2013

Senate Introduces Bill to Increase Transparency in Federal Spending

On May 21, 2013, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), along with cosponsor Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), introduced the “Digital Accountability and Transparency Act” (S. 994). The bill is the companion bill to H.R. 2061, introduced on May 21, 2013, by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). The bill would amend the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 by increasing public access to federal spending data. Specifically, the bill would require the government to make all federal spending data publically available, establish governmentwide financial data standards, and place the current USASpending.gov website under the control of the Department of the Treasury. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, with the companion House bill being referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. 






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