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DATA Act ‘could harm research universities’

Academic groups are arguing that the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act)— introduced in June by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, to establish an independent body to track federal spending, including grants, on a single public electronic platform—could negatively impact research universities.

“While we recognize and appreciate the need to standardize and centralize government reporting to ensure government accountability and transparency, as currently written, HR 2146 fails to require federal agencies to eliminate and replace other similar reporting requirements they already require of our universities with the new DATA Act reporting requirements,” the presidents of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) wrote in a 15 September letter to Issa.

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