Listed below are some resources that may be helpful.
- Spending data files can be downloaded from the USASpending.gov archives. Subsets can be downloaded from Sunlight's Influence Explorer.
- Clearspending Source Code at Github
- The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
- GAO report - Electronic Government: Implementation of the Federal Funding and Accountability Transparency Act of 2006"
- The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is the source of the program obligations we use to measure USASpending.gov's consistency, though we make a few manual corrections to the data.
- Federal Procurement Data System - Next Generation
Total Broken Reporting by Fiscal Year
Want to know how we arrived at our $1.3 trillion figure for broken reporting? It's determined on a program level. If any program misreports more than 50% of the total program value (according to the CFDA) or is nonreporting, we consider that program's reporting unreliable and classify it as "broken." This includes direct payments and grant programs, but not loan programs. Here is the data used to calculate the total in broken reporting for each fiscal year, including the failing metric.
How does the federal government report its spending?
The flow of federal spending reporting can get complicated. We've tried to simplify it for you with a step-by-step visualization.
How did we conduct our analysis and what assumptions did we make? What limitations exist with the comparison data we're using? We measured the data across three categories:
- Consistency: A comparison of CFDA obligations and USASpending.gov obligations.
- Completeness: A measure of how many required fields are completed.
- Timeliness: A measure of how quickly obligations were reported.
See our methodology for more information.