Introduced June 13, 2019. 99%. (Compare text) H.R. 150 / p. 1829, the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act is a law designed to simplify and harmonize the reporting obligations of the recipient of the federal allowance. The bill is based on the results of a successful pilot project approved by the 2014 DATA Act. In practical terms, it would require the creation of a comprehensive and standardized data structure covering all data items reported by federal premium recipients, including grants and cooperation agreements. The legislation would entrust the implementation of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The GREAT Act will lead to better oversight of federal funds, greater transparency in the use of funds and a better ability to compare fellows with interoperable information.
“Senators Bipartisan Bill to Improve Federal Grant Process Heads to President`s Desk” – Sen. James Lankford [R-OK] December 17, 2019 The bill requires the Office of Management and Budget to establish government-wide data standards for information reported by fellows, (2) guidelines that direct federal authorities to enforce these standards, and (3) require the publication of recipient data collected by all agencies on a single public website. “The U.S. government spends more than $600 billion annually on grants, yet our reporting processes are in place for the 20th century, not for information needs in 2020,” Hart said. “The application of data standards and improved data quality promoted by the GREAT Act will provide better information on the performance of fellows, while reducing the reporting burden on fellows, which means that service providers will be able to focus on strategies that best meet the needs of the American people.” At the Data Foundation`s Data Transparency 2017 on September 26, 2017, Congressman Virginia Foxx (NC-5-R) announced that she would pass legislation to establish a government open data structure for all federal grant reports. “The information process is littered with outdated information methods that hinder the effectiveness of fellows and transparency for taxpayers,” Foxx said in a December 17 statement. “Now that the bill has been sent to President Trump`s office, the GREAT Act will bring federal subsidies coverage into the 21st century with open documents and data. Recipients of federal grants include school districts, firefighters, police stations, hospitals, food banks, homeless shelters, training centres, water treatment facilities, and many other public and public services. If the application of data standards is fully implemented in the GREAT Act, it will help to provide decision makers with important information on the performance of fellows and ensure that recipients can spend less time communicating information and spend more time providing services that benefit society. Andrew Eversden is a federal head of computer science and cybersecurity for the Federal Times and The Fifth Domain.