The Office of Management and Budget indicated at a recent DATA Coalition summit that they will conduct an alternatives analysis to the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which the federal government has used through a contract with the company Dun & Bradstreet.
Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter to OMB Director Shaun Donovan asking for information on how the agency is going to adjust its pilot program so it meets DATA Act requirements ahead of the May 2017 implementation.
The Office of Management and Budget is reminding agencies what is expected of them as the countdown begins for the DATA Act's full implementation in May 2017.
The DATA Act will make it easier for the federal government to prepare for the future and help citizens, but before it can do that, agencies need help in meeting the May 2017 implementation deadline.
The DATA Act will usher in a new way of reporting federal spending information, but information systems officials say it's also time to revisit job descriptions for data experts.
Senior officials with the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget say the answer of whether or not the May 2017 full roll-out of the DATA Act is more complicated than a simple yes or no.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) wants to know how well agencies are following the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. He asked about three dozen agencies about what resources they've spent, what additional help is needed and any best practices that they've learned along the way.
As the government prepares for another presidential transition, administration officials say it's important to build on the progress that's been made on agency accountability.
At 887 pages, the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act includes several hidden pieces of legislation on funding and stipulations for the IRS, and additional information on cybersecurity threat sharing.
The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council issued a proposed rule asking for input on how to move the government away from using the proprietary standard or number for uniquely identifying entities receiving federal awards provided for decades by Dun & Bradstreet.
Chief financial officers often see some of the same challenges in hiring and recruiting financial managers, producing cost information and performance and risk management that they encountered 25 years ago.
A new data pilot from the Small Business Administration is helping the agency keep better track of what grants it makes and where the money goes. It's one small step forward as the SBA and other agencies implement their DATA Act plans.
The Treasury Department is looking for more feedback on USASpending.gov, an online portal that documents agencies' financial information. It's one step Treasury is taking to help agencies implement the DATA Act.
The executive branch has gotten the DATA Act off to a good start by meeting its first deadline, Obama administration officials, auditors and lawmakers agree. But persistent problems with the data itself threaten to undermine the financial transparency at the heart of the law.