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Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act

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The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 requires the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to lead the development, by January 2008, of a single searchable website, accessible by the public for free that includes for each Federal award:

  • the name of the entity receiving the award;
  • the amount of the award;
  • information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
  • the location of the entity receiving the award;
  • a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.

OMB has created a Task Force to implement the requirements of the Act. The General Services Administration (GSA) is taking the operational lead on this task force.

In September 2007, the public interest watchdog group, OMB Watch posted an updated version of its free FFATA implementation. In October 2007, GSA awarded a contract to help it implement FFATA. The winning vendor operates a prototype website.


Full text of the FFATA

The full text of the act directly from the government.

Implementation Schedule for the FFATA

Date Task October 2006 Create inter-agency Task Force to implement the Act; in memo calling for members, alert agencies of the requirement that all FY 07 non-individual recipients of Federal funds will have to be searchable on site.

January 2007 Finalize the Act’s implementation plan

January 2007 Inventory elements of reporting requirements already collected and the public availability / searchability of those elements

February 2007 Launch website allowing visitors to provide feedback on information they’d like to get from site. Site would be built on USA.Gov architecture.

February 2007 Identify needed changes in reporting requirements and what it would take to make them searchable

March 2007 Inform agencies of new information collection and reporting requirements

July 1, 2007 Commence a pilot program for enabling searches for subgrants and subcontracts across the federal government

January 1, 2008 Launch a website to the public, free of charge, that provides federal award information including:

  • the name of the entity receiving the award;
  • the amount of the award;
  • information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
  • the location of the entity receiving the award; and
  • a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.

January 1, 2009 Include subaward data in the website search

January 2010 GAO report on Act implementation Annually The Director of OMB submits a report to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Government Reform which includes:

  • usage data and public feedback;
  • an assessment of burden placed on federal award and subaward recipients; and
  • an explanation of any extension to the subaward reporting deadline if applicable

FAQ for the FFATA

Full FAQ is online and maintained by General Services Administration.

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