Data Act: Office of Inspector General Reports Help Identify Agencies’ Implementation Challenges

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) was enacted to increase accountability and transparency and, among other things, expanded on the required federal spending information that agencies are to submit to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) for posting to a publicly available website. The act also requires a series of oversight reports by agencies’ Offices of Inspector General (OIGs) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The objectives of this report are to (1) describe the type of reviews and standards OIGs reported using and scope of the work covered by the DATA Act readiness review reports issued by agency OIGs as of January 31, 2017; (2) describe agencies’ readiness to meet the DATA Act requirements, including the May 2017 deadline, as reported by the respective OIGs; and (3) evaluate the extent to which Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Treasury used or plan to use the results of the OIG readiness reviews. GAO reviewed 30 OIGs’ DATA Act readiness reviews issued on or before January 31, 2017. GAO also interviewed OMB staff and Treasury officials and assessed their actions against project management criteria. GAO recommends that OMB and Treasury establish mechanisms to assess the results of independent audits and reviews of agencies’ compliance with the DATA Act requirements, including those of agency OIGs. OMB generally concurred and Treasury agreed with the recommendation. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency noted that the report will contribute to a greater understanding of OIGs’ oversight and agencies’ DATA Act implementation efforts.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 51p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01634904
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-17-460
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 17 2017 5:05PM