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Federal Data Transparency

Public access to reliable and complete federal financial and performance data can foster transparency, improve oversight, and enhance public participation.

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Federal Data Transparency

Increasing the availability of federal data can foster accountability and public trust by providing citizens with information on government activities and their results. Various federal laws require agencies to make different types of data open and transparent to the public through public-facing websites. To be useful, those data must meet a wide range of users’ needs related to accessibility, quality, and timeliness, among other things.

However, we have identified a number of challenges that limit the usefulness of federal data. These challenges include:

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Podcasts

The DATA ActFriday, January 29, 2016
  • portrait of Paula Rascona
    • Paula Rascona
    • Director, Financial Management and Assurance
    • rasconap@gao.gov
    • (202) 512-9816
  • portrait of Michelle Sager
    • Michelle Sager
    • Director, Strategic Issues
    • sagerm@gao.gov
    • (202) 512-6806