USASpending.gov Makes Numerous Website Updates

April 15, 2015 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

MoneyIn case you haven’t checked out USAspending.gov in some time, you may notice some new features that have enhanced the functionality of the site. Operators of USAspending.gov said the changes were made to meet user request for better usability, presentation and search.

The improvements to the site include:

  • Interactive Mapping —​ This site now provides more granular visual mapping data, with a new interactive spending map that displays prime recipient data geocoded based on the place of performance, giving users the ability to see federal funding by state, county, congressional district and Zip Code.
  • Award Summary — All subawards are now connected to prime awards in one place.
  • Agency Profiles and State/Territory Summary Page Improvements — Users can find data summarized by agency and by states and territories in clear, concise, user-friendly charts and graphs.
  • Improved Navigation — This improved navigation offers users intuitive access to every sub-site and each section within the sub-sites.
  • Plain Language — The revamped site’s descriptions and content limit government terminology to make it easier for users who aren’t familiar with the jargon.
  • Enhanced Data Validation — The award submission portal implements validation checks from the Federal Funding Transparency and Accountability Act (FFATA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance to prevent users from entering inaccurate data or leaving fields blank. ​​

The operators of USAspending.gov said they are continuing to work on providing additional search functionality and other improvements. It encourages user feedback in developing its enhancements. In addition to the “Contact Us”​ page on USAspending.gov, interested parties also can go to a website development forum here to discuss logging issues, requested updates and provide other feedback.

USAspending.gov was created under FFATA, which mandated the creation of a publicly available, searchable website that would provide the American public access to information on entities and organizations receiving federal funds. In January 2014, OMB gave the Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service​ the operational authority of USAspending.gov and tasked Fiscal Service with making improvements to the site’s usability, presentation and search functionalities.

We would like to hear your comments on the updated USAspending.gov functionality. Let us know.

 

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