Federal Spending Data Elements

The lists on this page contain two types of federal spending data elements:

  1. Existing Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) data elements, which are currently featured on USAspending.gov
  2. Additional data elements required by the DATA Act that will be featured on USASpending.gov once the DATA Act is fully implemented

The elements on these lists have been discussed by members of the federal community as part of the DATA Act. At the current time, these lists are exhaustive. That said, the federal community is aware of agencies’ and the larger community’s needs and may add and standardize new elements to improve transparency reporting moving forward.

The data elements are grouped by category; each short list represents a different category. In addition, each element will have it’s own GitHub issue, which is where you can see the input posted during the public input period. Thank you to all who posted responses to these papers and provided input on these data elements.

Data standards for these data elements have all been finalized. The final data element names and definitions are located here.

If you’d like to propose an entirely new element, please create a new issue according to our contribution guidelines. Please click Get Updates above to receive emails as we update other pages on this site.

Awardee and Recipient Entity Information

This list includes information about recipients and awardees of federal funds. Please note that these elements will be standardized across the different types of awards (grants, contracts, etc.).

Data Element Name Legislation Provide Feedback
Awardee/Recipient Legal Entity Name FFATA feedback period closed
Awardee/Recipient Unique Identifier FFATA feedback period closed
Ultimate Parent Unique Identifier FFATA feedback period closed
Ultimate Parent Legal Entity Name FFATA feedback period closed
Legal Entity Address FFATA feedback period closed
Legal Entity Congressional District FFATA feedback period closed
Legal Entity Country Code FFATA feedback period closed
Legal Entity Country Name FFATA feedback period closed
Highly Compensated Officer Name FFATA feedback period closed
Highly Compensated Officer Total Compensation FFATA feedback period closed

Award Amount Information

This list includes elements used to describe the amount of a certain award.

Data Element Name Legislation Provide Feedback
Amount of Award* FFATA feedback period closed
Non-Federal Funding Amount FFATA feedback period closed
Federal Action Obligation* FFATA feedback period closed
Current Total Value of Award FFATA feedback period closed
Potential Total Value of Award FFATA feedback period closed

Award Characteristic Information

These elements describe the different characteristics each award possesses – for example, its transaction code, its Award Identification (ID) Number, and so on.

Data Element Name Legislation Provide Feedback
Award Type* FFATA feedback period closed
North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) Code FFATA feedback period closed
North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) Description FFATA feedback period closed
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number FFATA feedback period closed
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Title FFATA feedback period closed
Treasury Account Symbol (excluding Sub-Account) FFATA feedback period closed
Award Description FFATA feedback period closed
Award Modification / Amendment Number FFATA feedback period closed
Parent Award Identification (ID) Number FFATA feedback period closed
Action Date FFATA feedback period closed
Period of Performance Start Date FFATA feedback period closed
Period of Performance Current End Date FFATA feedback period closed
Period of Performance Potential End Date FFATA feedback period closed
Ordering Period End Date FFATA feedback period closed
Primary Place of Performance Address FFATA feedback period closed
Primary Place of Performance Congressional District FFATA feedback period closed
Primary Place of Performance Country Code FFATA feedback period closed
Primary Place of Performance Country Name FFATA feedback period closed
Award Identification (ID) Number FFATA feedback period closed
Record Type FFATA feedback period closed
Action Type* FFATA feedback period closed
Business Types* FFATA feedback period closed

Funding Entity Information

These data elements describe characteristics of the entity that provided funding for an award.

Data Element Name Legislation Provide Feedback
Funding Agency Name FFATA feedback period closed
Funding Agency Code FFATA feedback period closed
Funding Sub Tier Agency Name FFATA feedback period closed
Funding Sub Tier Agency Code FFATA feedback period closed
Funding Office Name FFATA feedback period closed
Funding Office Code FFATA feedback period closed

Awarding Entity Information

Elements on this list describe awarding entities – those that presented the awardee with the funding.

Data Element Name Legislation Provide Feedback
Awarding Agency Name FFATA feedback period closed
Awarding Agency Code FFATA feedback period closed
Awarding Sub Tier Agency Name FFATA feedback period closed
Awarding Sub Tier Agency Code FFATA feedback period closed
Awarding Office Name FFATA feedback period closed
Awarding Office Code FFATA feedback period closed

Account Level Information

This list features elements that describe the accounts from which the awards are funded.

Data Element Name Legislation Provide Feedback
Object Class DATA Act feedback period closed
Appropriations Account DATA Act feedback period closed
Budget Authority Appropriated DATA Act feedback period closed
Obligation DATA Act feedback period closed
Unobligated Balance DATA Act feedback period closed
Other Budgetary Resources DATA Act feedback period closed
Program Activity DATA Act feedback period closed
Outlay DATA Act feedback period closed

* An asterisk (*) next to a data element name indicates that the name for that data element has changed since it was first posted here in December 2014. All final data element names and definitions are posted here.