Since the dawn of the Internet Age, the boom of government agency-related information put literally at our fingertips has changed how companies pursuing contracts collect and analyze information. One of the most useful and user-friendly resources offered up by our favorite uncle is USASpending.gov. That is, most useful and user-friendly until now.
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) establish a single searchable website, accessible to the public at no cost, which includes for each Federal award:
- the name of the entity receiving the award;
- the amount of the award;
- information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
- the location of the entity receiving the award; and
- a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.
As of this past weekend, a number of changes occurred that removed some very useful aspects of the site to include presenting specific search results in map format and being able to drill-down state-by-state to see specific spending by set-aside, extent competed and more. All of a sudden, these features are gone with no updates to explain the changes. There are other aesthetic changes as well, but noticeably absent are functions that make it very easy for contractors to pick apart smaller purchases (the kind not typically presented by the many web-service providers of compiled federal agency data) to understand what’s happening at or below the usual industry radar.
USASpending.gov, how about a rollback to the previous version?
- Streamlined Purchase Spending Exceeds $4B Fiscal YTD – GovConChannelChief (govconchannel.com)