H.R. 2146, The DATA Act (9 comments ↓ | 5 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 2146 would amend title 31, United States Code, to require accountability and transparency in Federal spending.

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WW2 Veteran

April 23, 2012, 11:09am (report abuse)

The Fox watching the Chicken House. "The only way" is to add another Goverment entity.

We have more than enough checks and balances but these departments look the other way and our elected officials are too weak kneed to do anything about the ever on going Government waste WHICH IS NOT NEW. And We the People are too busy to speak out against the spend

thrift Government. "All that is necessary is for good people go do nothing". But the illegals

speak loud and clear... "GIMMIE", its my right. I vote no. These are other controls but few in

Goverment have heard about honesty.


April 23, 2012, 8:03pm (report abuse)

Another government agency to check the checker?

IMHO given how sloppy, arrogant and they have no shame attitude, this has been going on for not only the Obama administration but many before him. The goes with the CIA mess in South America.


April 30, 2012, 10:11am (report abuse)

Sound of thing that sounds very good in theory but in practice would be ineffectual at best and in the process would add another layer of bureaucracy and waste taxpayer funds.

Matt Matherne

April 30, 2012, 3:02pm (report abuse)

Laws are not fool proof. Some devious political insider/lawyer most likely will find a way to circumvent the law.

Virginia Anderson

April 30, 2012, 4:17pm (report abuse)

It is about time someone will be accountable for my hard earned money they spend so freely! In the business world I would expect this. There needs to be higher standards for elected officials.

Becky S

May 1, 2012, 1:18pm (report abuse)

Ashley, one could argue that taxpayer funds are already being wasted by maintaining multiple online sources of federal spending data, none of which is complete or fully accurate.

I welcome a consolidation into a single site that reports spending from the perspective of the Treasury, funding recipients, and agencies. One stop shopping and easier to find the discrepancies & errors.


May 18, 2012, 7:05am (report abuse)

why is there a new agency required? it should be part of existing one like SEC or Department of Treasury. it's a good idea having an opportunity to become a bad one once implemented.

William Marshal

May 21, 2012, 2:30pm (report abuse)

The real value of the data act is in the standarization of reporting practices and the use of a common standard for financial reporting like that used in the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). The benefits of XBRL are highly touted by the accounting community. The challenge is that in order for the benefits of standard XBRL usage and definitions to be realized they need to be legislated. Because of that I support the DATA act.


October 3, 2012, 10:21pm (report abuse)


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