3B. Enhancing Financial Data Quality
HHS has made tremendous progress in meeting the goals of the HHS Open Government Financial Data Quality Plan. Since the launch of Open Gov in December 2009, the Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability within the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources has partnered with HHS awarding agencies, OMB, government-wide taskforces and workgroups, and the public to make HHS data more useful, complete, accurate, and timely. Key highlights of our progress on the Open Gov Financial Data Quality Update include:
Improving Financial Data Quality posted to the Web
- Completed a 2011 assessment to certify the accuracy and completeness of contract data submitted to the Federal Procurement Database-Next Generation system.
- Instituted new policy and procedures for reviewing Recovery Act data released to the public and the Recovery Act Transparency Board including leveraging SharePoint technology to reduce burden and cost for data quality reviews.
Engaging the Public in New Participation and Collaboration Efforts
- Met with the Sunlight Foundation to discuss concerns for USASpending.gov data quality and to open dialogue for defining appropriate metrics for performance.
- Developed new functionality for the NEW Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System (TAGGS) web-site at http://taggs.hhs.gov/ to solicit public feedback and to track, monitor, and evaluate data quality recommendations and comments from the user community.
Improving and Increasing Transparency and Accountability of Federal Funds
- Closed identified data quality gaps for CMS Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Hospital Insurance, and Supplementary Medical Insurance programs submitting over $1 trillion dollars in spending data to USASpending.gov.
- Performed a large scale re-design of the TAGGS web-site at http://taggs.hhs.gov/ to provide the public better tools for accessing HHS grant data. Features of the web-site include updated search capability; improved navigation, look, and feel; and increased spending reports.