Federal Spending Transparency: OIGs Identified a Variety of Issues with the Quality of Agencies' Data Submissions, Report to Congressional Addressees   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Highlights: "One of the purposes of the DATA Act [Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014] is to increase accountability and transparency of federal spending. The act required OIGs [Offices of Inspector Generals] to issue three reports evaluating the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of each agency's spending data and its implementation and use of applicable data standards. The act also includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review the OIG reports and to assess and compare the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of federal agencies' submitted data and their implementation and use of data standards. This is the third GAO review of the OIG reports. This report summarizes the results in the 57 reports OIGs issued on or before December 31, 2021, assessing the quality of agencies' federal spending data. [...] In March 2022, GAO recommended [hyperlink] that Congress consider amending the DATA Act to extend the requirement for OIGs to review the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of their agencies' data submissions periodically. GAO is not making recommendations in this report."

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