October 29, 2019
Required by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014
Quality Control Review of the Independent Auditor’s Review of DOT’s DATA Act Implementation
What We Looked At
This report summarizes the results of an audit of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act). The DATA Act establishes governmentwide standards for financial data, and requires agencies to provide accurate and searchable spending data for policy makers and the public at USASpending.gov. The act also requires inspectors general to report to Congress on their agencies’ compliance with the act.
We contracted with KPMG LLP, an independent public accounting firm, to conduct this audit subject to our oversight. The audit objectives were to assess (1) the completeness, accuracy, timeliness, and quality of DOT’s first-quarter fiscal year 2019 financial and award data submitted for publication on USASpending.gov and (2) DOT’s implementation and use of the governmentwide financial data standards established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Treasury.
What We Found
We performed a QCR of KPMG’s report and related documentation. Our QCR disclosed no instances in which KPMG did not comply, in all material respects, with generally accepted Government auditing standards.
DOT concurs with KPMG’s four recommendations.