In November 2014, I attended a conference sponsored by the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office. The focus was primarily on the changes that are taking place within the federal government pertaining to grants management, and then filtering down to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations. These changes include the required use of the OMB Omni-Circular and the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) Act. As grant professionals, we know that these changes are important and we can look through the voluminous acts to determine their significance in our daily work. But do you know why they are here, particularly the DATA Act?Read More
The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, seems to be popular. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 388-1 on November 18, 2013, and the Senate counterpart was forwarded to the full U.S. Senate by the Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security. Advocates of the legislation claim three outcomes from the Act: better transparency, more effective federal management, and automated compliance.
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The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) aims to make federal spending more accessible, increase the availability of the data to the public, and improve oversight of federal funding. Passed by the House in November (H.R. 2061), the bill will be taken up by the Senate (S. 994) early this year. As referenced in my previous blog article, the legislation expands the provisions within the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), extends the Recovery Act reporting deadlines, and sets a new expiration date for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) until 2017.
Last month, the House of Representatives adopted H.R. 2061, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), introduced by Congressman Darrell Issa. The bill aims to make federal spending more accessible, increase the availability of the data to the public, and improve oversight of federal funding. The legislation is also intended to offer a way to track federal spending, reduce compliance costs, improve transparency, prevent fraud, and improve the quality of data submitted on www.USASpending.gov.
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on Capitol Hill, or any average American for that matter, who’s not in favor of federal financial accountability and transparency, particularly in the wake of the GSA Las Vegas spending scandal. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (H.R. 2146), commonly referred to as the DATA Act, is intended to take federal transparency to the next level, making recipients and subrecipients of federal funding more accountable for how funds (grants, loans, or otherwise) are used.