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DATA Act Implementation: Four Guiding Principles

Enactment of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act in May, 2014 provides many opportunities for the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Treasury to improve the public transparency of Federal spending while simultaneously reducing the overall reporting burden on both Principal Investigators and institutional Research Administrators. However, there are also many implementation scenarios that ...more »

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Centralized Reporting Portal Technical Requirement Suggestions

A single, central reporting portal for all reporting would help achieve the goals of the DATA Act. A central portal should provide the following functions: 1) One Portal a. The goal is to have one place for recipients to report on research expenditures. b. All the agencies conform from the beginning. i. If exceptions are granted, it should be clearly documented who has been granted an exception and, the length of time ...more »

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This dialogue is not a pilot program.

Section 5 of the DATA Act of 2014 requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish a pilot program to test whether standardizing the data elements used in recipient reporting can reduce the burden that grantees and contractors experience in reporting on the federal funds that they receive and spend. In this fiscal year, federal agencies have awarded $540 billion in grants and $297 billion in contracts. ...more »

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Common Federal proposal and award management system

AAU, COGR and APLU recommend a common federal portal for grants submission, invoicing/cash draw downs, and final reporting (e.g., progress, financial, equipment) with a single set of rules, forms and due dates (potentially using NSF policy and guidelines as a model). A common portal would significantly ease reporting burden. - Consolidate federal proposal and award management systems, including payment systems, optimally ...more »

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Centralized Database Utilizing FAIN

If a centralized reporting database could be developed that all federal agencies, grantees, subrecipients, etc. would be required to use for reporting, and it would prepopulate many of the fields once the entity enters their FAIN, this would ease a lot of the reporting burden.

 

However, first, the FAIN would have to start being included in grant agreements so entities have that piece of information to enter.

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Ability to submit a single financial report to single place

Comment from June 10 Data Act Summit breakout session on Recipient Reporting:

As a Federal Award recipient , I would like the ability to submit a single financial report to single place that would be used each agency for its own purposes.

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More pre-populated forms and drop-down options

Comment from June 10 Data Act Summit breakout session on Recipient Reporting:

As a Federal Award recipient, I want to see more pre-populated forms and drop-down options to minimize the burden of completing reporting.

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Contractors

Performance reporting in one place

Comment from June 10 Data Act Summit breakout session on Recipient Reporting:

As a Federal contract recipient, I want performance reporting to be in one place.

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