May 21, 2013 – Congressional leaders are reenergizing the debate on government data standards and federal fiscal transparency in a proposal that may get its first look this week.
The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) of 2013 has been introduced in the House by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) and Darrell Issa (R-California), and in the Senate by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia), who co-sponsored a previous effort. The new DATA Act covers six principle areas, including: an online federal fund and grant tracking tool; maintained support of a Recovery Operations Center that focuses on fraud and waste; review of possibilities with regard to reducing compliance requirements based on new standards; enabling federal agencies to review financial data ahead of potential improper payments; a two-year cycle of financial data quality reviews.
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