TechTalk Blog - TRUMP ADMINISTRATION GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR BUILD-OUT OF XBRL SO WE KNOW WHO, WHEN, WHERE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE BEING SPEND BY US GOVERNMENT

By David Colgren posted 01-27-2017 10:36 AM

  

Federal Computer Week published a great story on Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) confirmation hearings as the next OMB Director of the US Government.

Congressman Mulvaney (Tea Party Leader in Congress) stressed the importance of getting accurate and useful data in order to inform his and President Donald Trump's decision-making during his confirmation hearings to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

"In this age of big data, the government has all this data, but it isn't capable of using it because it can't even talk to itself about the numbers," Mulvaney said at his hearing before the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

In another quote from the article:

"It's almost as if the computer systems in the agencies are set up to not even allow the men and women working there to understand how the money is being spent."

The need for federal government spending transparency grows as documented by a recent report from the GAO that states the US Government does not know where $144 billion was spent:

“Dodaro (GAO) expressed concern about the continued rise in improper payments, which exceeded $144 billion in fiscal year 2016. This compares to about $137 billion reported for fiscal year 2015. Other material weaknesses in internal control reported by GAO this year involved information security across government and tax collection activities.”

Additionally, Mulvaney suggested in his testimony that OMB could help clarify the White House budget by publishing it using the same standards laid out in the Data Act.

The nominee said he was looking forward to the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, an open government law passed in 2014 requiring agencies to publish financial information in a standardized format to the USASpending.gov website.

Last Congress, Mulvaney co-sponsored three bills —the Searchable Legislation Act, the Statutes at Large Modernization Act and the Establishing Digital Interactive Transparency Act -- that would similarly track legislative actions, but were not passed. Hollister said he would like to see the 115th Congress revisit them.

Stay tuned. Great job congrats to Hudson Hollister, who heads the Data Coalition and helped draft the Data Act as an aide to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) who has been working behind the scene to move the DATA ACT forward and use XBRL across government reporting so we know where taxpayer dollars are being spend.

 



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