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DATA Act - Transparency in Federal Financials Project


"We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant's books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind in the Union shall be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses, and consequently, to control them.”

                                - President Jefferson to Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin in 1802

The DATA Act requires a degree of data management that does not exist in all organizations today to be of most value to the government. Departments attain most value from the DATA Act by going beyond just reporting the data and into leveraging this as a new management capability to optimize their internal data management and business intelligence processes. The ACT-IAC project will seek input from the law's lead agencies, Treasury and OMB, and also other agencies as they implement guidance.  The project follows the progress of the law from the pilot phase through practical/production implementation, providing useful information for industry and government managers to consider as they assess their readiness and develop their strategies to meet the new requirements.

The first phase of the DATA Act project was the delivery of a series of four panels in Summer 2014.  Panel sessions will continue through the law’s implementation as new milestones are met such as case studies from the pilots or as the Government meets milestones in the law like when the standards are released. The law’s implementation is iterative, so communication is the key to success. IAC will serve as a mechanism to communicate to industry service providers and government project officials responsible for implementing DATA Act requirements.  You may click on the links below to replay the panels.  The next phase of the project was kicked off on January 20th, 2015.  This phase includes a series of events including webcasts, panels, training forums and conference sessions.

In additional to collaborating with Government, the project team coordinates efforts with other key stakeholders in the community including the Association for Government Accountants, Center for Effective Government and the Data Transparency Coalition. AGA maintains a DATA Act Information Hub.

ACT-IAC Members are also frequent contributors on the Federal Spending Transparency website as well as the website.  These are government-sponsored websites designed to foster an open and collaborative dialog of Transparency in Federal Financials.  

OMB has designed HHS as the Executing Agent for Section 5 pilots.  Reporting and DATA Act Dialog seeks public input.  The DATA Act Section 5 Pilot provides more detail.

Revisit the Slides:Douglas Glenn | Catherine Ives
August 2014 - Data Governance
August 2014 - Next Steps
Revisit the Slides:Nancy DiPaolo | Amy Haseltine
April 15, 2015 - National Webcast on DATA Act Implementation with David Lebryk and David Mader
May 2015, Management of Change Conference - DATA Act Think Tank - Outcomes and Lessons Learned Report
June 10, 2015, Strategic Partner at the Data Transparency Coalition DATA Act Summit
July 29, 2015, ACT-IAC DATA Act Forum  - with DATAthon July 27-28 and the Data Zoo!
September 28, 2015, Strategic Partner at the XBRL-US Webinar for Govt Agencies: Creating Intelligent Data

October 25-27, 2015, Executive Leadership Conference, DATA Act Challenge Zone

Executive Reports and Papers
March 2017 - Unique Identifier

DATA Act Project LinkedIn Subgroup (open membership)


Project Lead(s)

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Group Project Deliverables

Deliverable Name Deliveable Type Expected/Actual Deliverable Completion
Project/Activity Status: 
Expected/Actual Project Completion: 
Dec 31, 2015
Participating Groups:
Emerging Technology
Financial Management