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Federal Data Transparency: Effective Implementation of the DATA Act Would Help Address Government-wide Management Challenges and Improve Oversight
GAO-15-241T: Published: Dec 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2014.
GAO's prior work on federal data transparency has found persistent challenges related to the quality and completeness of the spending data agencies report to USAspending.gov. For example, GAO reported in June 2014 that roughly $619 billion in assistance awards were not properly reported. In addition, few reported awards—between 2 and 7 percent—contained information that was fully consistent wi...
Data Transparency: Oversight Needed to Address Underreporting and Inconsistencies on Federal Award Website
GAO-14-476: Published: Jun 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2014.
Although agencies generally reported required contract information, they did not properly report information on assistance awards (e.g., grants or loans), totaling approximately $619 billion in fiscal year 2012. Specifically, 33 of 37 agencies with a budget authority of at least $400 million reported at least one contract. The other four claimed exemptions from reporting, such as the use of non-ap...
Bankruptcy and Child Support Enforcement: Improved Information Sharing Possible without Routine Data Matching
GAO-08-100: Published: Jan 23, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2008.
Recognizing the importance of child support, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 requires that if a parent with child support obligations files for bankruptcy, a bankruptcy trustee must notify the relevant custodial parent and state child support enforcement agency so that they may participate in the case. The act also required GAO to study the feasibility of matchi...
Paperwork Reduction Act: New Approaches Can Strengthen Information Collection and Reduce Burden
GAO-06-477T: Published: Mar 8, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2006.
Americans spend billions of hours each year providing information to federal agencies by filling out forms, surveys, or questionnaires. A major aim of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) is to minimize the burden that these information collections impose on the public, while maximizing their public benefit. Under the act, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is to approve all such collections....
Data Mining: Agencies Have Taken Key Steps to Protect Privacy in Selected Efforts, but Significant Compliance Issues Remain
GAO-05-866: Published: Aug 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2005.
Data mining--a technique for extracting knowledge from large volumes of data--is being used increasingly by the government and by the private sector. Many federal data mining efforts involve the use of personal information, which can originate from government sources as well as private sector organizations. The federal government's increased use of data mining since the terrorist attacks of Septem...
Paperwork Reduction Act: New Approach May Be Needed to Reduce Government Burden on Public
GAO-05-424: Published: May 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2005.
Americans spend billions of hours each year providing information to federal agencies by filling out information collections (forms, surveys, or questionnaires). A major aim of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) is to balance the burden of these collections with their public benefit. Under the act, agencies' Chief Information Officers (CIO) are responsible for reviewing information collections befo...
Paperwork Reduction Act: Record Increase in Agencies' Burden Estimates
GAO-03-619T: Published: Apr 11, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2003.
The Paperwork Reduction Act requires federal agencies to minimize the paperwork burden they impose on the public. The act also requires agencies to obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before collecting covered information. GAO examined changes during the past fiscal year in federal agencies' paperwork burden estimates and their causes, focusing on the Internal Revenue Se...
Paperwork Reduction Act: Changes Needed to Annual Report
GAO-02-651R: Published: Apr 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2002.
The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) prepares an annual report on the implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act. OIRA's fiscal year 2002 report differed from the agency's previous reports in two important respects. First, the report provided agency-specific information on paperwork burden-hour estimates and violations only for the cabi...
Paperwork Reduction Act: Burden Increases and Violations Persist
GAO-02-598T: Published: Apr 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2002.
This testimony discusses the implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and information collection authorizations from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that either expired or were otherwise inconsistent with the act. GAO found that federal paperwork rose by 290 million burden hours during fiscal year 2001--the largest one-year increase since the act was amended and recodified i...
Paperwork Reduction Act: Burden Estimates Continue to Increase
GAO-01-648T: Published: Apr 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2001.
This testimony discusses the implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The data indicate that federal paperwork increased by nearly 180 million burden hours during fiscal year 2000--the second-largest one-year increase since the act was passed. This increase is largely attributed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which raised its paperwork estimate by about 240 million burd...