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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the DATA Act


What is the DATA Act?

In May 2014, Public Law 113-101 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) was signed into law with the purpose to establish government-wide financial data standards and increase the availability, accuracy, and usefulness of federal spending information.

The DATA Act legislation is an expansion of the Federal Financial Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006, which requires any Federal award, contract, and/or loan of $25,000 or more to be displayed and searchable via a public website: USAspending.gov.

Who is the point of contact for questions regarding HHS data?

All inquiries related to HHS-specific DATA Act information should be directed to ASPA (media@hhs.gov), who will serve as the entry point for these inquiries.

Who is the point of contact for questions about HHS data displays on the new Beta.USAspending.gov site?

All non-HHS specific questions regarding how HHS data has been displayed on the new USAspending.gov should be directed to Treasury (USAspending.help-submitonly@fiscal.treasury.gov).

What is the goal of the DATA Act Section 5 Pilot?

The goal of the Pilot is to implement Section 5 of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) of 2014, Public Law Number 113-101, which requires the Federal Government to “establish a pilot program with the participation of appropriate Federal agencies to facilitate the development of recommendations for:

  1. Standardized reporting elements across the Federal government (§5(b)(1)(A));
  2. The elimination of unnecessary duplication in financial reporting (§5(b)(1)(B)); and
  3. The reduction of compliance costs for recipients of Federal awards (§5(b)(1)(C))."

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) engaged HHS to serve as the executing agent for the Federal grants portion of the Pilot. In November 2014, HHS began planning for the grants portion of the Section 5 Pilot and finalized the testing and sampling methodology in Winter 2016. Test Model execution was carried out from March 2016 through May 2017. In total, over 500 individuals from a diverse group of organizations participated in at least one Test Model. In August 2017, OMB will submit a final Report for Congress that incorporates Test Model survey results.

Where can I find general information on DATA Act implementation?

The DATA Act Public Law

Background Information about the DATA Act

OMB DATA Act Memorandum M-15-12

OMB Management Procedures Memorandum 2016-03 Additional Guidance for Implementation (OMB MPM 2016-03)

Content created by DATA Act Program Management Office (DAP)
Content last reviewed on June 15, 2017