University leaders: Federal DATA Act redundant, expensive

Federal database would serve identical purpose as state database being developed

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Published: July 4,2011

Tags: Congress, DATA Act, federal spending

A bill making its way through Congress would digitize and consolidate the system used to track federal spending, but the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities says it duplicates existing systems and adds another layer of expense to critical university research projects.

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act — or DATA Act — would apply tracking requirements similar to those attached to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to federal grants, loans, contracts and the internal expenses of every federal agency.

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