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GAO: 24 Agencies Offer Public Access to Federal Data Inventories

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Federal Data Strategy
Federal Data Strategy

Twenty-four federal organizations covered by the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act post data on public facing websites and in an online federal repository to comply with transparency requirements under the OPEN Government Data Act, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says.

GAO reported Thursday those agencies also released datasets about the COVID-19 pandemic or provided coronavirus-related source links as of last month in accordance with the Federal Data Strategy.

However, the office determined that a lack of policy from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA) to support error identification and correction in electronic records is affecting the availability of agency progress reports.

The government audit organization recommended that OMB provide guidance and report the performance of CFO Act agencies with regard to establishing comprehensive data inventories.