About Federal Spending Transparency

In May 2014, President Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) (P.L. 113-101) into law. Once implemented, the DATA Act will make federal spending data more accessible, searchable, and reliable. It will not only make it easier to understand how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars but will also serve as a tool for better oversight, data-centric decision-making, and innovation both inside and outside of government. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget are leading the government-wide implementation of the DATA Act.

This collaboration space is designed to openly share our process for meeting the new data transparency requirements of the DATA Act. Our sister site — Open Beta — is where you will find the results of this work: data you can search, view, and download. Both sites invite you--the public and federal agencies--to join in decision-making along the way, so please come back often!

Get Involved

Visit the Get Involved page to find out how to comment or participate in different aspects of this project.

Our Workstreams and Where to Find Them

Data In

Data Submission: Getting data uploaded to USAspending.gov is a multi-step process that includes validation to ensure quality, and transmission to the cloud. Agencies will need to package data in a specified format for both these tasks.

If you are a federal agency employee, click here to learn about the format specifications and how our data broker will enable you to validate and submit data.

Data Out

USAspending.gov: This public website launched in 2007 and already features robust access to federal spending data mandated by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006.

Open Beta: This is the public beta site to collect public input for the next release of USAspending.gov. It includes sample data that allows you to test features and give us feedback on designs and visualizations.

Data Model

The new version of USAspending.gov will rely on hundreds of distinct data elements to tell the story of how federal dollars are spent. The DATA Act Information Model Schema organizes these elements into a structure that further defines, groups, and relates them to each other. Learn about the elements.

User-Centered Design

User research, testing, and design iteration will support all parts of the DATA Act implementation. Learn about our user-centered process here.