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Data Transparency

Familiar with Data Transparency and the DATA Act? Go to our Resources page to quickly access links to key documents, updates, and mailing lists.

Interested in learning more about DAIMS v1.4? Go to our DAIMS v1.4 page to learn more about this release.

Better data. Better decisions. Better government.

Through its Office of Data Transparency, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) delivers on Treasury’s strategic goal to increase access to and use of federal financial data in order to strengthen government-wide decision-making and accountability through data transparency.

This work seeks to provide the public and federal agencies with access to a greater range of financial data. The Office of Data Transparency works to improve the value, quality, and availability of federal financial data.

The establishment of government-wide financial data standards are key to increasing the availability, accuracy, and usefulness of federal spending information.

Fiscal Service’s data transparency work builds upon and leverages successes and lessons learned from the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).

Learn more about the DATA Act’s history and the data definition standards on the History and Overview of the DATA Act page.  You can view the white papers drafted by the federal community on the core DATA Act data elements which OMB used to create the final data definitions and standards. This became the foundation for the DATA Act Information Model Schema (DAIMS). is the official source for spending data for the U.S. Government. Its mission is to show the American public what the federal government spends every year and how it spends the money.

You can follow the money from the Congressional appropriations to the federal agencies and down to local communities and businesses. The website improves access to and use of federal financial data in order to strengthen government-wide decision-making, transparency, and accountability.

Data Lab

The Data Lab promotes transparency of government spending and makes spending data available to everyday citizens. By using a storytelling approach and data visualizations, site visitors can dig into federal spending data across a variety of topics including homelessness analysis, competition in federal contracting, and many more.

DATA Act Information Model Schema (DAIMS)

A core requirement of the DATA Act is the development of government-wide data standards to ensure the reporting of reliable, consistent federal spending data for public use.

DAIMS gives an overall view of the hundreds of distinct data elements used to tell the story of how federal dollars are spent.

DAIMS standardizes data elements to link multiple domains across the federal enterprise so the data can be used to support better decision-making. It includes artifacts that provide technical guidance for federal agencies about what data to report to Treasury, including the authoritative sources of the data elements and the submission format.

DATA Act Broker

The DATA Act Broker enables federal agencies to upload, validate, and certify quarterly financial data. Agencies can also test monthly financial data, generate award files, and view DATA Act submissions. The Broker houses both the DATA Act Broker Submission (DABS) and the Financial Assistance Broker Submission (FABS) components.

Last modified 01/31/20