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. The DATA Act made federal spending data more accessible, searchable, and reliable. It not only made it easier to understand how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars but also served 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 lead the governmentwide implementation of the DATA Act.

This collaboration space is designed to openly share our process for meeting the data transparency requirements of the DATA Act. Our sister site — USAspending.gov — is where you will find the results of this work: data you can search, view, and download. We invite you - the public - to interact with our site and share your feedback and questions on our Community Page!

Our Websites and Where to Find Them

Data Transparency

Fiscal Service Data Transparency Site: The Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) delivers on Treasury’s strategic goal to increase access to and use of federal financial data in order to strengthen governmentwide decision-making and accountability through data transparency.


Spending Data

USA Spending: The official source for spending data for the U.S. Government. Its mission is to show the American public what the federal government spends every year and how it spends the money.

Fiscal Data: Fiscal Data is your one-stop shop for federal financial data. The Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service created Fiscal Data to consolidate federal financial data into one easy-to-use website.

Data Model

USAspending.gov relies on hundreds of distinct data elements to tell the story of how federal dollars are spent. The Governmentwide Spending Data Model organizes these elements into a structure that further defines, groups, and relates them to each other. Learn about the data model.

User-Centered Design

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