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August 29, 2014

Sunlight’s Matt Rumsey on the DATA Act

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget could be the weak link in implementing legislation intended to improve the transparency of government spending, says Sunlight Foundation policy associate Matt Rumsey in a commentary piece for Roll Call. The DATA Act (S 994), which the House cleared last week and is awaiting the president’s signature, would expand the amount of financial data that federal agencies would be required to provide to USASpending.gov site, under new governmentwide standards.

Rumsey says the Treasury Department, which will take the lead in implementing the law, “is a promising open data steward.” OMB, however, “doesn’t inspire confidence in its commitment to the law” because of its past track record in running USASpending.gov and its attempts to alter the DATA Act.

Sunlight’s Alisha Green notes in a separate blog post that the legislation could have positive effects on access to information about federal grants to state and local governments, too.

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