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Thursday, February 14, 2013

OMB guidance promised to ensure USASpending accuracy

Just days after a watchdog found that agencies had misreported more than $1.55 trillion on USASpending.gov, a senior Office of Management and Budget official pledged to improve the numbers in the online portal that shows how taxpayer dollars are spent.
Speaking at AGA’s National Leadership Conference on Feb. 13, Danny Werfel, controller at OMB, spoke of data transparency as a major priority for both his agency and Congress, and dealing with the lack of standardization across government.
"We’re going to start at OMB, on the priority of complete and reliable data on USASpending," he said. As the "the most prominent touchpoint" between the public and government financial information, Werfel stressed, the portal needs to have accurate, dependable information.

- Camille Tuutti, FCW.com

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