DSFederal today announced a contract award to support HHS in creating a standardized, unified set of government-wide financial data accessed through a public website. The effort aims to create a common vocabulary of grant-related spending data that would more accurately quantify federal spending data and better inform future spending decisions. The project stems from an exhaustive federal mandate, the Data Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act), designed to make government financial information more transparent and accessible. DSFederal will harness its expansive presence within HHS and its robust grants management and IT experience on the contract, which will require a diverse team of software developers, data analysts, and subject matter experts.
Congressional leaders, including Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), who introduced the bill, anticipate that highly precise financial data would yield increasingly targeted spending decisions. Said Sen. Warner in an April 2014 statement following the legislation’s approval, “In the digital age, we should be able to search online to see how every grant, contract and disbursement is spent. Our taxpayers deserve to see clear, accessible information about government spending, and this accountability will highlight and help us eliminate waste and fraud.” The project aligns closely with DSFederal’s overarching mission to design and implement innovative pathways to information, said CEO Sophia Parker in a statement. “Since 2011, we have delivered solutions to government clients that champion new methods of information access, management, and analysis. We are dedicated to helping our customers reach both broad and niche audiences to convey critical information.”
About DSFederal: DSFederal is a woman-owned consulting firm that specializes in research support, enterprise IT solutions, business process improvement, and training for Federal government agencies. The company has received awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration (Top Woman-Owned Small Business), the Washington Business Journal (Top Small Technology Company), and SmartCEO (Cornerstone Award.) Clients include the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Transportation, Defense, and Agriculture, among others. Projects range from mobile app development to training solutions to customization of software and processes in support of multi-billion dollar efforts for HHS agencies. www.dsfederal.com