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OMB Site Tracking Federal Spending Lacks Update Capability

The Government Accountability Office released a report Friday stating that the Office of Management and Budget does not have regular procedures for modifying data standards for its web site that is designed to provide transparency on federal spending.

OMB failed to inform the public on changes to the USASpending.gov website in line with requirements under the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, according to the report. Additionally, OMB did not communicate with stakeholders on the modified primary place of performance address and data definition web site elements.

“Without transparent communication of changes to data definition standards, stakeholders—including staff at federal agencies required to report data according to these definitions—may miss important information relating to changes in how, when, and by whom data definitions are to be applied,” the report stated.

The Treasury Department developed a process for revising technical guidance matters and relaying relevant information to stakeholders.

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