Deloitte Study Details Challenges to DATA Act Implementation; Dave Mader Quoted

Dave Mader

A new study by Deloitte and the Data Foundation predicts the federal government may face challenges in implementing a law to establish an open data set to improve federal spending transparency, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The study states the implementation of the Data Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 faces technical and cultural challenges within the government due to incompatible legacy reporting systems, failure of the law’s information model schema to disclose full federal budgeting lifecycle and mistreatment of the law as a reporting requirement.

To address the challenges, the government should increase transparency to enable agencies and the public to leverage data analytics, said Dave Mader, civilian sector chief strategy officer at Deloitte's consulting business.

He added federal chief financial officers should also collaborate with chief data officers to integrate financial and performance data across agencies.

“Thoughtful use of the resulting data-driven insights can help agency leaders monitor performance, evaluate results and make evidence-based decisions,“ Mader said.

The government aims to fully implement DATA Act in 2022 in an effort to enable automatic flow of federal spending data through public websites.

Mader said the law will help CFOs better monitor financial performance across their agencies and prioritize investments to meet mission objectives.

The study is based on interviews conducted with over 20 DATA Act stakeholders.

You may also be interested in...

Ed Sheehan President

CTC to Continue Supporting USAF Facilities Under New Contract Modification; Ed Sheehan Quoted

Concurrent Technologies Corp. has secured a contract modification to help the U.S. Air Force manage facilities and corresponding utility systems. The company said Tuesday it will continue to deliver subject matter expertise and program management services for USAF facilities under an existing five-year, $21 million contract.

RFCM test Navy

Navy Tests Airworthiness of BAE-Made RF Countermeasure Tech for P-8A Aircraft

The U.S. Navy has demonstrated the airworthiness of a BAE Systems-made prototype of a technology meant to provide the P-8A Poseidon aircraft with radio frequency defense. The pod-mounted radiofrequency countermeasure passed its airworthiness test while installed on the P-8A platform operated by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron or VX 20, Naval Air Systems Command said Friday.

Mk 18 Mod 2 UUV

Huntington Ingalls Subsidiary Books Potential $75M Navy UUV Payload Modernization IDIQ

A Huntington Ingalls Industries business unit has received a potential five-year, $74.7 million contract to help update payload for the U.S. Navy’s Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish unmanned underwater vehicles. HII’s Hydroid subsidiary will provide Increment II hardware for the Mk 18 Mod 2 UUV as part of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.