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Press Release Published: Apr 18, 2012

Issa Releases DATA Act Amendments on Madison

WASHINGTON, DC- In anticipation of consideration by the House of Representatives, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, today released a discussion draft of the manager’s amendment to H.R. 2146, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act.

“American taxpayers deserve to be able to access information about how their money is being spent,” said Chairman Issa. “Regardless of where one falls on the ideological spectrum, there is no question that the infrastructure and reporting standards needed to ‘follow-the-money’ has been lacking. The GSA travel and conference spending scandal is a perfect case study.”

Below you’ll find a link to the website and additional information about the legislation:

Americans have a right to know how government spends their tax dollars. But federal spending data, as currently available, is not accurate, not consistent, not complete and not useful. H.R. 2146, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), will implement strong reporting standards, allowing fractured and ineffective reporting systems to be streamlined, providing useful information to policymakers, agency managers, and the American people. The DATA Act will reduce bureaucratic waste, strengthen our ability to prevent and prosecute fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars, and help Congress reduce federal spending- saving billions of dollars each year. The Data Act, based on a working system, is bipartisan, bicameral, and broadly supported.

The DATA Act is expected to come up for a vote in the US House of Representatives soon. Below, you’ll find text of the current manager’s amendment in Madison, reflecting months of works with transparency groups, federal agencies, federal funding recipients and now, you.