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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

GAT Board to finish testing spending oversight tools this summer

Agencies are conducting a series of pilot programs to improve the oversight and processing of grants, contracts, loans and other spending data.

The test programs are part of how the Government Accountability and Transparency (GAT) Board is implementing three broad-based recommendations.

President Barack Obama created the GAT Board in June 2011 in an executive order. Just last week, the President announced Richard Ginman, the director of Defense Department procurement policy, will be the chairman of the board. In that role, he replaced Earl Devaney, who retired on Dec. 31.

"[T] he GATB has been working closely with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which established a new benchmark for how we should collect, display and oversee federal spending data under the Recovery Act through Recovery.gov and its innovative Recovery Operations Center," wrote Danny Werfel, the Office of Management and Budget's controller, in a blog post Monday. "Together with the Recovery Board, federal agencies, OMB and others, the GATB is a critical driver of continued progress in our forthcoming efforts to make federal spending data more complete, more transparent, and more reliable."

The board made three recommendations to Obama in December, and since then have been implementing each one of them on a pilot basis.

-Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com

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