House Passes Bill to Improve Public Access to Government Spending Data

February 19, 2014

House Passes Bill to Improve Public Access to Government Spending Data

On November 19, 2013, the House passed the “Digital Accountability and Transparency Act” (H.R. 2061), which was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and co-sponsored by 10 other representatives. This is a companion bill to S. 994 (5/21/13). If enacted, this bill would first transfer authority over the USAspending.gov website from the director of the Office of Management and Budget to the secretary of the treasury. It would then require the secretary of the treasury to establish uniform standards for financial data created by agencies. These standards would mandate that agencies indicate the appropriation, federal agency, sub-agency, account, program activity, and object class in their data on federal spending. The inspector general of each federal agency, as well as the comptroller general, would be required to biennially compile and publish reports on the timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the spending data that each agency submits. In addition to increasing access to federal spending data, the bill would also require the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to detect and control federal spending waste, fraud, and abuse. This bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 






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