DATA Act Information Hub

Here you’ll find the latest information on the Data Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act), including links to webcasts and relevant congressional hearings, power point presentations, discussion documents, and more.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  

GAO Issues New Study: DATA Act: Initial Observations. On Aug. 3, 2016, OMB issued its most recent study on implementation of the DATA Act. Review the document.

Tools for DATA Act Success: Video of presentation by U.S. Treasury officials during AGA's 2016 Professional Development Training

OpenBeta.USAspending.gov Site Updated: OpenBeta.usaspending.gov, the feedback platform for the public to view and provide input on the features and functionality being considered for the future USAspending.gov has been updated. Review and provide input.

New concepts available for comment were announced July 1, 2016:

Each page has a comment thread just below the wireframe.

OMB Issues Additional Guidance to Federal Agencies: On May 3, 2016, OMB Controller David Mader issued a memorandum to federal department and agency heads on reporting federal spending information to USAspending.gov.

Treasury Releases DATA Act Schema: On April 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the DATA Act Information Model Schema Version 1.0 (DAIMS v 1.0 or Schema). The new version of USAspending.gov will rely on hundreds of distinct data elements to tell the story of how federal dollars are spent. The schema organizes these elements into a structure that further defines, groups and relates them to each other. View and comment on the schema.

HHS serves as the executing agent for OMB on the Section 5 DATA Act pilot program. Updates are provided.

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AGA AND THE DATA ACT — WHAT ARE WE DOING?

AGA has established a "Red Phone Group" to gather information, express concerns, offer suggestions and share ideas with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Departments of Treasury (Treasury), and Health and Human Services — the three agencies tasked with implementation and pilot development.  Managed and overseen by our Intergovernmental Partnership, AGA’s work group includes our members, several non-profit associations and academia.

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WEBINARS/WEBCASTS AND HEARINGS

Webinars:

DATA Act: Monitoring Implementation Progress | House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform | April 19, 2016

Update and Implications of DATA Act “Beyond the Beltway” | Christina Ho, U. S. Department of the Treasury; Karen Lee, Office of Management & Budget; Hudson Hollister, Data Transparency Coalition and LeAntha Sumpter, Department of Defense | June 3, 2015

DATA Act Section 5 Pilot | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | April 1, 2015

Hearings:

DATA Act Implementation l Subcommittee on Information Technology and Government Operations, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform I July 29, 2015

Implementing the DATA Act | Commitee on Oversight and Government Reform | December 3, 2014

Panel Discussions:

Executive Perspective on Data Transparency: Implementing the DATA Act | Dave Lebryk, U.S. Department of Treasury & Dave Mader, Office of Management and Budget | September 30, 2014

Keynote Address from DATA Act Summit 2014 | Representative Darrell Issa, Senator Mark Warner & Senator Rob Portman | April 28, 2014

Town Hall:

Financial Data Transparency Town Hall | One-day meeting among senior federal officials and non-federal stakeholders | September 26, 2014

Webcasts:

National Webcast on DATA Act Implementation | April 14, 2015

 

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DATA Act Fact Sheets: The HHS DATA Act Program Management Office released fact sheets addressing "What you need to know about the DATA Act" and explaining tests that will be conducted for the Congressionally mandated Section 5 pilot program. (The fact sheets are presented for two-sided printing, which is why the "What you need to know about the DATA Act" sheet is repeated.)

Progress Made but Significant Challenges Must Be Addressed to Ensure Full and Effective Implementation | Government Accountability Office | April 19, 2016

Congressional Leaders Query Treasury about Preserving Recovery Board’s Analytics Tools | Congressional Committee Chairs and Ranking Minority Members | July 16, 2015
 

Treasury Is Making Progress in Implementing the DATA Act But Needs Stronger Project Management | Office of the Inspector General, Department of the Treasury | May 19, 2015, OIG-15-034

AGA Discussion Document

Meeting Summary | Christina Ho, U.S. Department of Treasury, AGA's CPAG DATA Act Work Group | March 17, 2015

AGA's Red Phone Group – Comments Submitted on Data Elements 

FFATA as Amended by the DATA Act 
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), as amended by the Digital Accountability and Transparency of 2014 (DATA Act).

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
Also known as OMB’s “Uniform Guidance,” this document streamlines the federal government's guidance on Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards. This final guidance supersedes and streamlines requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122 (which have been placed in OMB guidances); Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133; and the guidance in Circular A-50 on Single Audit Act follow-up.
 

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PRESENTATIONS

DATA Act Section 5 Grant Pilot | Chris Zeleznik, Lead for Intergovernmental Recipient Engagement, HHS DATA Act Program Management Office | AGA's Intergovernmental Partnership's Steering Committee | Feb. 26, 2016

Open Data Future for Grants | Ann Ebberts, CEO, AGA | Data Transparency 2015 | Sept. 23, 2015

OMB Update | Mark Reger, Deputy Controller, OMB | AGA’s 2015 Internal Control & Fraud Prevention Training | Sept. 16, 2015

DATA Act Update | Multiple Federal Speakers | AGA’s 2015 Internal Control & Fraud Prevention Training | Sept. 16, 2015

DATA Act Overview | Carl L. Moravitz, Kevin Bumatay and Sue Fedor | Budget Formulation and Execution Line of Business Spring Forum | May 4, 2015

DATA Act: Considerations for Rules and Standards – Bringing Diverse Stakeholders Together | Janet Estep | President and CEO NACHA | AGA’s CPAG Financial Services Committee Briefing to OMB and U.S. Treasury Officials | May 1, 2015

OMB Update | Mark Reger, Office of Management and Budget | to the National Association of State Comptrollers | March 11, 2015 

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USEFUL LINKS

Updates on DATA Act implementation: The U.S. Department of the Treasury, in coordination with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, recently announced updates on DATA Act implementation:

  • The latest draft of the DATA Act Schema (version 0.7) was launched on Dec. 31, 2015. As described on the federal website, the schema "...leverages industry standards to structure financial and non-financial data with metadata, or supplemental information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it easier to retrieve and understand the data." Feedback is welcome.
  • The Section 5 pilots are on schedule to begin in May. Pre-testing of the pilot models took place Jan. 13, 2016. Learn more


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a Notice, with regard to the Section 5 Pilot of the DATA Act and the collection of information. This is to meet the Paperwork Reduction Act requirements so that they can conduct broad outreach. The document has a 63-day comment period, expiring on January 4, 2016. Read the notice.

Unique Entity Identifer Retained — for Now
On July 13, 2015, the federal government announced that no changes will be made, at this time, to the existing standard for unique entity identifier. While the DUNS® number is being retained, going forward, the Federal government will establish a process for exploring potential alternatives to existing entity identifiers. Learn more.

May 8, 2015 Implementation Resources
On May 8, 2015, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of the Treasury took a number of significant steps to implement the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). Information on these steps is available via a new page on USASpending.gov. The DATA Act page
 provides links to a number of new resources, including:

  • Final and proposed data standards;
  • The Standard Data Exchange;
  • Resources to support the pilot program that is being lead by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to test and explore ways to simplify the reporting process for recipients of federal grants, including:
  • An OMB memorandum (M-15-12) outlining how federal agencies will implement the new DATA Act requirements and their ongoing reporting responsibilities for USAspending.gov; and
  • Playbook to assist agencies with implementation.


DATA Act — Transparency in Federal FinancialsACT-IAC

DATA Act Website | Data Transparency Coalition

Federal Spending Transparency: DATA Act and FFATA Collaboration Space | GitHub
A public collaboration space to foster two-way communication and the open exchange of ideas between federal and non-federal stakeholders on implementation of the DATA Act, and to efforts to improve federal spending data under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA).

Federal Spending Data Elements | GitHub
A list containing two types of federal spending data elements:

1. Existing Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) data elements, which are currently featured on USAspending.gov and

2. Additional data elements required by the DATA Act that will be featured on USASpending.gov once the DATA Act is fully implemented.

National Dialogue and Pilot To Reduce Reporting Compliance Costs for Federal Contractors and Grantees
A dialogue to explore opportunities to streamline processes and reduce or eliminate burden in federal procurement and grants processes and addresses requirements in the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-101) to gain a better understanding of the costs of compliance with Federal contracting and grants awards, as well as recommendations to standardize data, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and reduce compliance costs.

Reporting and DATA Act Open Dialogue-Grantees

 

 

Questions? 

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