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The Recovery Board Visions of the Future. Nancy K. DiPaolo Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs. As the grant $ flows. $6.4 Billion in ARRA grants have been awarded in MD. And $3.6B have been received. The Act that started it all. ARRA’s Impact--Today. Recovery Act Impacts

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the recovery board visions of the future

The Recovery BoardVisions of the Future

Nancy K. DiPaolo

Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs

as the grant flows
As the grant $ flows

$6.4 Billion in ARRA grants

have been awarded in MD

And $3.6B

have been


arra s impact today
ARRA’s Impact--Today
  • Recovery Act Impacts
    • Introduced new concepts about reporting
    • Introduced use of an universal reporting tool—
    • Introduced publishing publically reported data—
    • Introduced a government-wide data quality standard for reporting
    • Introduced new data views, e.g., maps
opening the door to accountability transparency the public firsts
Opening the Door to Accountability & Transparency: “The Public Firsts”
  • Collect and report on prime and sub recipient data in a publically accessible, searchable website.
  • Most current and accurate display of how money is spent.
  • Public can see how much money an entity overall received.
  • Display Government-wide obligations, expenditures, and performance information on a public website.
  • Collection of Federal spending information at the congressional district level.
  • Post publically who is getting Federal funds and who has not reported as required by the ARRA.
  • Non-compliant awards as certified by the agencies and late reports are made publically accessible.
  • Interaction with the public through social media on Federal spending.
  • Pubic access to data through easy queries and downloads.
  • Agencies report funding activities weekly.
  • Display funding at local levels.
the firsts for funding management
The “Firsts” for Funding Management
  • Same time reporting for ARRA recipients.
  • Government-wide electronic access for
  • review/correction for agency and
  • recipient.
  • Introduced use of Treasury Account
  • Symbols (TAS) for consistency across
  • budget, finance and program areas.
  • ARRA data is reported vertically and
  • horizontally—intergovernmental use.
  • Use of standard data elements for
  • grants, contracts and loans produces
  • better comparison data on agency,
  • program, and recipient spending and
  • performance.
  • Introduced and implemented a
  • government-wide data quality
  • methodology and process.
  • Data extracts provided agencies
  • during reporting cycles
  • Agencies redefined business
  • business practices
game changers
  • Recipients report
  • Sub-recipient data collected
  • Real Time data – Speed
  • Quality data – QA process
  • Non-normalized data base – audits and oversight
  • Jobs (probably won’t be reported going forward)
  • Transparent Information – all downloadable
  • Technology Firsts – cloud, developers center, mapping API, social media, advanced mapping
  • Concentration on PREVENTING fraud, waste & abuse
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Transparency is not for the feint of heart –

you end up owning the data

  • Data quality is a continuous process
  • Cross government view is unique
  • Friction against rapid changes in IT, finance, but we CAN do it!
  • Award Id system – major cause for mismatched data
  • Data standards – generally lacking – major weakness
  • Transparency and Accountability work in tandem
  • Proactive fraud prevention is effective
moving forward
Moving Forward
  • Government-wide Accountability and Transparency Board—Concept to Continue
  • Executive Order identifies creation of an Accountability and Transparency Board
  • Legislation in both House and Senate Introduced the establishment of an independent Board

June 13th, 2011

Creation of the

GAT Board

the data bills of the 112 th congress
The “DATA” billsof the 112th Congress


TO H.R. 2146


[Showing the amendment as amended and adopted by the

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform June 22, 2011]


S. 1222

To amend title 31, United States Code, to require accountability and

transparency in Federal spending, and for other purposes.


JUNE 16, 2011

Mr. WARNER introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred

to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


hr 2146 s 1222
HR. 2146 & S. 1222
  • The RATB morphs into a permanent board called “FAST”
    • Federal Accountability & Spending Transparency Board
    • Independent!
hr 2146 s 12221
HR. 2146 & S. 1222
  • Make-up of the FAST Board includes
    • Federal Inspector Generals
    • Federal Agency Dep-Secs & CMOs
    • OMB – Controller/Dep Director Management
    • Senate confirmed Chairperson
goals of the data bill as we see it
Goals of the DATA bill, as we see it
  • to provide accountability and transparency for all contracts, grants, and loans funded with federal monies
  • ensure that the work of the Recovery Board can serve as a template for tracking all government spending
  • ensure transparency in government spending
goals of the data bill as we see it1
Goals of the DATA bill, as we see it
  • Reduce reporting requirements for recipients of Federal funds, and
  • Streamline reporting inside and outside the Federal Government – single portal
  • Standardize data so it can be utilized across government (Fed & State)
reduce redundancies streamline
Reduce redundancies - streamline

The existing universe of federal financial reporting systems and processes developed over the last half-century has become exceedingly large, complex, and costly.

future framework
Future Framework

strengthens transparency & accountability by reducing the size and complexity of federal financial information reporting systems.

nancy k dipaolo congressional intergovernmental affairs nancy dipaolo@ratb gov 202 254 7954

Nancy K. DiPaoloCongressional & Intergovernmental Affairsnancy.dipaolo@ratb.gov202.254.7954

Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board