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Recommendation: To help ensure that agencies report consistent and comparable data on federal spending, the Director of OMB, in collaboration with the Secretary of the Treasury, should provide agencies with additional guidance to address potential clarity, consistency, or quality issues with the definitions for specific data elements including Award Description and Primary Place of Performance and that they clearly document and communicate these actions to agencies providing this data as well as to end-users.
Agency: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: OMB issued guidance in June 2018 which clarifies reporting requirements for some data element definitions. However, as of October 2019, additional guidance is still needed to clarify how agencies are to report spending data using standardized data element definitions that may be open to more than one interpretation and broadly communicate this information to agencies and the public. Additional guidance is still needed to facilitate agency implementation of certain data definitions (such as Award Description and Primary Place of Performance) to produce consistent and comparable information. Given the challenges previously found with data elements such as Award Description and Primary Place of Performance (see GAO-18-138 and GAO-20-75), GAO has concerns about whether the guidance provides sufficient detail for agencies to consistently interpret and implement the definitions.