The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released two reports assessing the federal government’s work on the DATA Act. Nine months from now, in May 2017, every federal agency must begin reporting standardized spending data.
If the agencies follow the law, and if they report good, quality data, they’ll create the world’s most valuable open data set: a single, standardized view of the spending of the entire federal executive branch.
(Want to see how next May’s deadline fits in the whole story of the DATA Act? Check out this DATA Act overview infographic with the implementation timeline. And for a review of the GAO’s last major DATA Act report, in January 2016, check out our blog summary).
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of the Treasury are leading the agencies toward the DATA Act’s goal, under GAO’s watchful eye.
GAO’s first report assessed the agencies’ plans to standardize and report their spending data. The second report examined the reporting process that Treasury and OMB have set up – the process that will kick into gear in May 2017.
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