Open Beta Site Unveiled for Comments To Improve USASpending.gov

November 25, 2015 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

u-s-treasury-department-4-1223385The federal government is looking for your feedback once again; this time it’s the U.S. Treasury Department. This month, the Department of the Treasury unveiled a new website to collect recommendations and suggestions on the final version of USASpending.gov, which is being updated as part of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) (Pub. L. 113-101).

USASpending.gov was created to meet the needs as a publically accessible, searchable website under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) (Pub. L 109-282). Through the Transparency Act and USAspending.gov, the public has access to federal spending data from federal grants, cooperative agreements and contracts, and federal managers have an asset that enables them to better monitor spending for potential fraud, waste and abuse.

The Treasury Department has now launched the Open Beta site to gather recommendations and comments for improvements to USASpending. The site features several search options and enables users to view charts, graphs and maps. The site will collect feedback from users to improve its functionality, with the final version set to go live in May 2017. As it states on the site, “You, the American public, are invited to participate in its development. We’ve launched this Open Beta site so that you have the opportunity to review, test and provide feedback — to say upfront, during the process, what your expectations are for the completed project.”

Here’s your chance to participate. If you have ways to improve USASpending.gov to make the site more useful, go to Open Beta and offer your feedback. Even if you don’t, this site may be worth checking out to keep track of what others are thinking in the community forum.

We’d like to hear your ideas as well as to how to improve USASpending.gov. Let us know!

 

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