6.4 Compliance with the Administration’s Transparency Initiatives
To comply with the requirements of the administration’s Open Government Directive, agencies must submit information about their data, spending, investments, Recovery Act and rulemaking activities to the administration’s transparency initiatives guidance. The following sections include information about our processes for complying with these open government reporting requirements.
Data.gov.GSA is the executive lead and project manager for Data.gov, which is the administration’s flagship initiative. The goal of Data.gov is to make the Federal Government transparent and open through clear, accessible and easy-to-use online government data. Data.gov makes public-sector data available to everyone and creates and maintains a central directory for all data published by Federal agencies. We continue to provide value to the public through an enhanced delivery channel and deployment of a shared data set hosting environment. Data.gov empowers the public by fundamentally changing the way government shares its data and creates value through applications for daily use. Data.gov increases the public’s ability to easily find, download and use data sets that the Federal Government has generated. To learn more about our data, visit the GSA's Data Sets section.
IT Dashboard. GSA coordinates the collection of information used to update OMB’s IT Dashboard. Our monthly control review process collects data on our major IT investments, which includes their cost/schedule progress. During this process, GSA gathers performance results, risk management updates, security status and related information. We capture the relevant information for each major IT investment using a tool that ensures the IT Dashboard updates are consistent with data reported to OMB. We control quality on IT Dashboard submissions, and monthly data are reviewed before being submitted. Results that might affect IT Dashboard ratings are presented to the Chief Information Officer for concurrence and direction before they are posted. Our IT Executive Council reviews the status of the investments regularly. Visit GSA's IT Dashboard to learn more.
Recovery.gov. Recovery.gov is the government’s official website providing easy access to data related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act spending. The site provides the public with user-friendly tools to track Recovery Act funds. These tools – in the form of charts, graphs and maps – display information about Recovery projects across the nation. We have established a comprehensive internal program to review performance results; identify, mitigate and manage risk; and maintain accountability for achieving the objectives of the Recovery Act. For example, we established a Recovery Program Management Office and issued a "Recovery Act Financial Codes Handbook," specifically developed as a reference for coding accounting and budgeting documents and records related to the Recovery Act. We collect, compile and review Recovery Act data and information for completeness and accuracy, and disseminate data weekly via Recovery.gov. Visit GSA's Recovery Act for more information.
USAspending.gov. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, also called the Transparency Act, requires a single, searchable website, accessible to the public for free, that includes information about Federal awards. The website includes information about government expenditures and payments made through contracts, grants, loans and other methods. GSA reports contracts, charge card and information technology spending to USAspending.gov. GSA’s data are largely submitted from two sources: the Federal Procurement Data System and the SmartPay® program, both managed by GSA. Our organizations enter contract data into the Federal Procurement Data System periodically. Our SmartPay® 2 Program provides charge cards to U.S. government agencies and departments, as well as tribal governments, through master contracts negotiated with major national banks. Our Office of Charge Card Management receives Federal agency use of charge card data provided by the banks and submits these data to USAspending.gov each month for visibility. GSA submits its own data, as well as data for other Federal agencies. Data are displayed by agency, as well as by business line (purchase, travel and fleet). To learn more, visit GSA's USA Spending.
eRulemaking. Our process for complying with the e-rulemaking initiative is as follows:
- Ensure Federal Register publications of advanced notices of proposed rules, proposed rules, interim rules, final rules, information collection notices and general notices are available for viewing and commenting on the Regulations.gov website;
- Invite the public to visit Regulations.gov and submit comments to advanced notices of proposed rules, interim rules and information collections. On occasion, comments are requested for general notices;
- Respondents submit comments via the Regulations.gov website, or fax and mail;
- All comments are posted on Regulations.gov for viewing; and
- Comments are reviewed and responded to in subsequent rules or notices.
Our rules and information collection notices are published in the Federal Register and are available for viewing and commenting via the Regulations.gov website. Regulation identifier numbers are assigned to all our rules. Federal Register rules and notices are also available for viewing at our websites, the Office of the Federal Register’s website, or the Office of Management and Budget’s website, www.Reginfo.gov. Our Acquisition News listserv informs subscribers of publications related to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the General Services Administration Regulation and the General Services Acquisition Manual. Visit Regulations.gov for more information.
Reginfo.gov. Reginfo.gov is a public website, operated and maintained by our Regulatory Information Service Center in cooperation with OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. It's the official site for publishing the semiannual unified regulatory agenda of planned regulations activities and the annual regulatory plan, which offer the public the most comprehensive information about upcoming regulatory actions. To learn more, visit Reginfo.gov.