GAT Board Seeks Stakeholder Information on Annual Plan

January 14, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

conference-room-2-129370-mThe Office of Management and Budget’s new uniform grants reform guidance may be grabbing the headlines in the grants world these days, but important work still goes on in other areas. For instance, the Government Accountability and Transparency Board, also known as the GAT Board, is preparing its 2014 annual plan (Calendar Year 2014 Way Forward document), and it is asking for the public to provide input.

The GAT Board will host a meeting in two sessions on Jan. 22 at the Government Accountability Office building in Washington, D.C. The first session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern time. If more discussion is needed, a second session will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those seeking to attend the meeting should email their names and organization to federaltransparency@ratb.gov and write “January 22, 2014 GAT Board RSVP” in the subject line. Those wishing to present, however, should provide the GAT Board with their presentations by the end of the day tomorrow.

The meeting will allow the public to make presentations to the GAT Board regarding accountability and transparency for federal expenditures made through contracts and grants. Following a brief opening statement from the GAT Board chairman, the remainder of the meeting will feature presentations from stakeholders. The GAT Board asked the public to address the following questions in their presentations:

1. Who do you represent?

2. What questions are you trying to answer with federal spending information?

3. What federal spending information do you need to answer these questions?

4. Where do you find that federal spending information now?

5. Where does federal spending information need clearer instructions or explanations?

6. What suggestions do you have for prioritizing federal spending information enhancements?

The GAT Board website includes information on its activities during 2013, including its current annual plan (Calendar Year 2013 Way Forward document), which contains the board’s long-term strategy and the near-term focus of working groups to develop approaches to standardize key data elements to improve procurement data integrity; standardize key data elements to improve grants data integrity; leverage existing data to help improve oversight; and link financial management systems with award systems.

What do you think the GAT Board should address during 2014 concerning accountability and transparency? Let us know.

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