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DATA Act Seeks to Open Up Govt Spending Info

Capitol_BuildingU.S. lawmakers are considering the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, a bill that would open public access to agencies’ spending information, InformationWeek reported Monday.

William Welsh writes that the DATA Act would also establish financial reporting standards as well as update the USAspending.gov portal.

The bill’s Senate and House sponsors include Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Robert Portman (R-Ohio), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), according to Welsh’s article.

The DATA Act also intends for agencies to increase transparency by adopting the Obama administration’s Open Data Policy and the Government Performance and Results Act.

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