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GAO Reviews Agencies’ Q2 2017 Spending Data

The Government Accountability Office has found in a recent study that only 15 out of 53 agencies submitted complete and accurate 2017 second quarter spending data to comply with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014.

GAO said Monday the other 38 agencies submitted inaccurate spending data partly due to the agencies’ lack of appropriate procedures and control.

Most of the reports also showed inconsistencies in how the Treasury Department broker recorded data from certain award systems that caused government-wide issues.

GAO initiated the study in an effort to determine how the office of inspector general of agencies assess DATA Act spending data and what actions the Office of Management and Budget and Treasury Department have taken or will implement to monitor the compliance of agencies to the law.

The DATA Act requires OIGs to report on their assessments of their agency’s spending data submissions.

The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency will use GAO’s findings to focus on the implementation of requirements under the DATA Act.

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