CRS Signs Coalition Letter Supporting the GREAT Act

Alongside 13 other organizations, the Coalition has signed a letter asking members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to oppose any amendment that would weaken the Grant Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act (GREAT) Act.

The legislation “requires the federal government to adopt a nonproprietary identification code for all recipients of federal grants and other awards”, in other words making it easier for individuals to help track and stop fraud and abuse in different programs.

…With a truly open and license-free identifier, the public will be able to download federal spending datasets from USAspending.gov in bulk to conduct analysis with other publicly available datasets…Ultimately, an open identifier for these entities will enable our government to measure program performance better and make smarter decisions about funding allocations and improved oversight using taxpayer dollars.

The Coalition to Reduce Spending supports the passage of the Grant Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act (GREAT) Act in its current format.