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Treasury Dept. Has Plan to Fix Federal Spending Portal Issues; Christina Ho Comments

virtual trainingThe Treasury Department has unveiled both short-term and long-term plans to fix the issues with the federal spending portal, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes Treasury plans to overhaul first the mapping and navigation features after receiving complaints about the USASpending.gov’s usability.

Christina Ho, executive director for data transparency at the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, told the station that users would see the usability enhancements by March 2015.

“One thing we are doing is leveraging the Recovery.gov infrastructure and expertise,” Ho told Federal News Radio.

Ho said the design and presentation of data are also part of the usability issue, the report says.

She said her team will implement the geocoding system for mapping by locality, according to the report.

Treasury also plans to streamline the search function and re-write the directions and information from government jargon to simple English, the station reports.

This as President Barack Obama is set to sign the DATA Act into law in May, Miller reports.

“We are working very closely with OMB to make sure that we structure this implementation effort in an effective way,” Ho told Federal News Radio.

She added that addressing data quality issues is part of the long-term plan under the Treasury’s 360 vision, the station reports.

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