The Washington Post: Bill to track every federal dollar headed to Obama’s desk
By Josh Hicks
April 29, 2014
The House on Monday gave final congressional approval to a bipartisan bill that would require federal agencies to report all of their expenditures online in a single location.
White House officials said President Obama plans to sign the so-called DATA Act, which both chambers of Congress passed the unanimously this month in a rare showing of widespread agreement. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sponsored the legislation.
“In the digital age, we should be able to search online to see how every grant, contract and disbursement is spent in a more connected and transparent way through the federal government,” Warner said in a joint statement Monday with other lawmakers who backed the bill.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who sponsored a similar measure in 2011 with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), described the DATA Act as “a win for good government, moving the federal bureaucracy into the digital age and setting the stage for real accountability.”
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