Open Implementation: Strengthening Outcomes with Public Input Schedule
- 1 h 20 min
- Implementation of open government
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This session will share lessons learned from the United States Department of the Treasury’s (U.S. Treasury) new model for implementing open government reforms that could be adopted in other communities. The U.S. Treasury established an open process in 2014 to engage the public in new ways through the implementation of improvements to the spending transparency site: USASpending.gov. The U.S Treasury has created new channels and resources to allow complete transparency into the development of the new website and allow the public to be engaged from the beginning. This session will provide an overview of the U.S. Treasury model and a demonstration of the resources created.
For the past two years, the United States Department of the Treasury (U.S. Treasury) has been leading a project to increase the spending transparency of the U.S. Federal government – mandated by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act). The U.S. Treasury is required to increase transparency by connecting more than 300 disconnected data elements from hundreds of financial and management systems across Federal government. Instead of spending months perfecting the requirements and data standards behind closed doors, the U.S. Treasury posted all draft information online for public view and comment. Federal agencies and external stakeholders commented extensively on the data definition standards, the DATA Act Information Model Schema, and are now providing input to help design the future USASpending.gov. Instead of making assumptions about the best way to collect and display data – the U.S. Treasury is actually testing ideas with federal agencies and the public along the way.
The U.S Treasury also explored new ways of collecting input. They hosted town halls, webinars, workshops, monthly calls, weekly office hours and data linkage testing sessions. They even created new online forums through the Federal Spending Transparency Collaboration Space and the OpenBeta.USAspending.gov site to engage our communities in new ways. All this feedback has resulted in stronger final products that will make the DATA Act implementation more successful in the future. Treasury adopted open source technology in the DATA Act Broker – the online tool agencies will utilize to submit and validate their data to Treasury. The Broker code has been published online and is also open for public input. By using open source code for the Broker, the government pays for the development of the code once and then agencies can reuse the same code or extend it within their own environments to improve the quality of the data before they submit it to Treasury. Financial management system vendors can also leverage the same code to the extent possible to enhance the agency systems and ultimately improve the quality of the data on USASpending.gov.
Christina Ho, the Deputy Secretary for Accounting Policy and Financial Transparency at the U.S. Department of the Treasury would be the primary speaker for this session. She is responsible for leading the implementation of the high profile legislation signed into law in May 2014, the DATA Act, and advancing governmentwide efforts to improve open, accountable, and participatory government through reliable, timely, secure, and consumable financial management data. In addition, she represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB).