By SUZANNE DERSHOWITZ
POGO applauds the House of Representatives for passing the bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act today, a critical bill that would revolutionize federal spending transparency and help prevent bureaucratic waste, fraud, and abuse. Earlier this week POGO organized an advocacy campaign urging individuals to contact their Representatives in support of the DATA Act (H.R. 2146). Thanks to everyone who took action and kept the pressure on, the House approved the bill by unanimous consent, beating the two-thirds threshold needed for a supermajority vote.
On Monday POGO signed onto a letter with over 20 other organizations calling on the House to pass this landmark transparency bill. Introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and cosponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and 13 others, the DATA Act would apply the lessons learned from the Recovery Act about transparent reporting of spending across the entire federal government. The Recovery Act requires recipients of Recovery funds to regularly report on how they are using that money. All the data is posted on Recovery.gov so the public can track where all the funds are going at one central website.
How does the DATA Act use Recovery.gov as a model for fostering transparency and accountability in government spending, and why does it matter?