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GAO: USAspending.gov Improved Data Quality

The Government Accountability Office found that USAspending.gov, a website service that tracks the federal government's expenses, has improved in data quality since a 2017 audit. The service has improved in ensuring the quality of spending data gathered from federal agencies under the Digital Accountability and Transparency or DATA Act, GAO said Friday.

The DATA Act directs federal agencies to submit spending data to the USAspending.gov website for public viewing. The accountability office, however, also discovered that the website has remaining challenges in data completeness, use standards, limitation disclosure, accuracy and overall governance.

GAO now recommends the secretary of the treasury to ensure the transparency of two certain information: the Department of Defense's 90-day delay in displaying procurement data and the payment data under the Primary Place of Performance Address for Medicare.

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