Federal Data Transparency: Effective Implementation of the DATA Act Would Help Address Government-wide Management Challenges and Improve Oversight, Statement of Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, Testimony Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 283KB]

From the Highlights: "The federal government spends $3.5 trillion annually, but data on this spending are often incomplete or have quality limitations. Effective implementation of the DATA Act [Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014] would help address the federal government's persistent management and oversight challenges by providing for standardized, high-quality data. The DATA Act also will increase the accessibility of data to benefit the public and the business community by requiring, among other things, that data be made available in machine-readable and open formats. This statement focuses on (1) the condition of information detailing federal spending as reported in our June 2014 report; (2) efforts to date to implement and plan for meeting key provisions of the DATA Act, including potential implementation challenges as well as GAO's [Government Accountability Office] plan; (3) the importance of the DATA Act for addressing government management and oversight challenges; and (4) results of GAO's audit of the fiscal year 2013 U.S. government's financial statements, including efforts to improve financial management at DOD. This statement is primarily based upon our published and on-going work covering GAO's work on federal data transparency, fragmentation, overlap and duplication, improper payments, and government efficiency, effectiveness, and financial reporting."

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