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The 2006 Transparency Act. April 8, 2009 Gina Jowers, FSRB, FMD 301-734-6619. The Transparency Act. Agenda What it is The Government-wide Approach USDA Approach FFATA to fill FAADS requirements A-123 to ensure integrity and quality of data. The Transparency Act What it is.

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the 2006 transparency act

The 2006 Transparency Act

April 8, 2009

Gina Jowers, FSRB, FMD

301-734-6619

3rd Annual APHIS Agreements Meeting

the transparency act
The Transparency Act
  • Agenda
  • What it is
  • The Government-wide Approach
  • USDA Approach
  • FFATA to fill FAADS requirements
  • A-123 to ensure integrity and quality of data

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the transparency act what it is
The Transparency ActWhat it is
  • What is the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA)?

Requires:

    • disclosure of Federal awards
    • through a single website
    • accessible to the public for query (www.usaspending.gov)

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the transparency act what it is continued
The Transparency ActWhat it is (continued)

Exempt:

  • awards to other federal agencies
  • awards to individuals
  • awards less than $25,000

The Web site contains contracts, grants, and other federal program awards from FY 2007 forward

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The Transparency ActWhat it is (continued)

The Act identifies sixteen data elements:

  • Name of the entity receiving the award
  • The amount of the award
  • The transaction type
  • The funding agency
  • The CFDA number
  • The funding source

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The Transparency ActWhat it is (continued)

16 data elements (continued)

  • City, State, Congressional district, and country of the entity receiving the award
  • City, State, Congressional district, and country of the primary place of performance under the award
  • DUNS No.

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the transparency act government wide approach
The Transparency ActGovernment-wide Approach
  • OMB put in charge
  • OMB reporting requirements not until 03/30/07
  • To achieve the objective of the Act, each agency must provide key data elements of awards within 30 days after the date of the award.

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the transparency act usda approach
The Transparency ActUSDA Approach
  • By Nov 20, 2007, transmit FY’07 and ’08 FFATA and FAADS data
  • Monthly CFO certification
  • Monthly plan that describes agency quality and assurance measures, in accordance with OMB Circular A-123
  • Write/call if you want a copy of the plan: giana.p.jowers@aphis.usda.gov

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the transparency act ffata to fill faads requirements
The Transparency ActFFATA to fill FAADS requirements

USDA recognized duplicate reporting requirements - FAADS and FFATA

  • What is FAADS?
  • Who enters the data now?
  • For more information about FAADS go to: http://cod.nfc.usda.gov/publications/FAAD/faad.pdf

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The Transparency ActFFATA to fill FAADS requirements

Duplicate reporting requirements - FAADS and FFATA:

  • 13 of the data fields were in common
  • 17 additional data elements for FFATA (OMB had added additional required fields)
  • 14 additional data elements for FAADS

Therefore, one FFATA/FAADS transmission

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The Transparency ActFFATA to fill FAADS requirements

Differences in timeliness and completeness:

  • FFATA requires monthly reporting. FAAD requires quarterly reporting
  • Awards to individuals are not reported under FFATA. They are in FAAD.
  • Awards under $25K are not reported under FFATA. They are in FAAD.

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the transparency act a 123 to ensure integrity and quality of data
The Transparency ActA-123 to ensure integrity and quality of data

The Plan identifies ways to assure:

  • Data Completeness
    • screen print of ACMS attached to obligating document
    • Data fields are required to be filled in
  • Data Accuracy
    • Compare a random sample back to the source document
    • System edits of address and other fields
  • Data Timeliness
    • Compare date signed to date entered, provide feedback to preparer

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the transparency act what next
The Transparency ActWhat Next?
  • Grantees report subawards by 2009
  • New legislation introduced in 2008 – Strengthening FFATA
    • $ from non-Federal sources
    • How much is congressionally directed?
    • Audits every six months
    • Assessment of the quality of work performed

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questions
Questions?

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