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What Do I Do With All This Data?

Despite the plethora of public data available, it can be difficult to navigate information about federal programs, funding opportunities, and current awards to find the best available resources to address the most pressing challenges in local communities. This is especially true for organizations without capacity or experience partnering with the Federal government.

OMB Update: DATA Act, Uniform Guidance & Single Audit

On August 10, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) submitted its Report to Congress on the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA ACT) Pilot Program. OMB also released a new Uniform Guidance FAQ and the 2017 Single Audit Compliance Supplement now published in the Federal Register. Find all the links and free training in this post.

The DATA Act: Important Dates for 2015 and Beyond

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?

The Downside of the DATA Act: Increased Burden

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.

DATA Act: Implications for Grantees

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.

DATA Act: Greater Federal Funding Transparency, Accountability

"American taxpayers deserve to be able to access information about how their money is being spent." - U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, 49th District California

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.

DATA Act's Possible Burden on Local Government

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.

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