FHWA Implementation of the Transparency Act - October 5, 2010
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What is the Transparency Act?
- The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act ("Transparency Act" or "FFATA") of 2006 and subsequent 2008 amendments:
- Requires information disclosure of entities receiving Federal funding through Federal awards such as Federal contracts and their sub-contracts and Federal grants and their sub-grants.
- Requires disclosure of executive compensation for certain entities.
- Requires the establishment of a publicly available, searchable website that contains information about each Federal award.
- Requires agencies to comply with OMB guidance and instructions and assist OMB in implementation of website.
What are the Transparency Act Reporting Requirements?
- Prime contract awardees of Federal contracts of $25K or more must report associated contract first-tier sub-contracts of $25K or more.
- Data collection will be phased with all required first-tier sub-contracts reporting by March 2011.
- Prime grant awardees of Federal grants of $25K or more must report associated first-tier sub-grants of $25K or more.
- Applies to new Federal, non-Recovery Act funded grant awards and cooperative agreements with an award date on or after October 1, 2010, and resulting first-tier subawards.
- The new reporting requirements do not apply to modifications to existing awards that were authorized prior to October 1, 2010.
- Grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are not subject to these new reporting requirements.
- A subaward generally means a monetary award made as a result of an award to a grant recipient or contractor to a sub-recipient or sub-contractor, respectively.
- Subaward Information Required for Reporting:
- Name of entity receiving award
- Amount of award (obligated amount)
- Funding agency
- NAICS code for contracts / CFDA program number for grants
- Program source
- Award title descriptive of the purpose of the funding action
- Location of the entity (including congressional district)
- Place of performance (including congressional district)
- Unique identifier of the entity and its parent; and
- Total compensation and names of top five executives (prime or subawardee)
- Prime grant recipients must report the names and total compensation of the five most highly compensated officers associated with subaward recipient entities if all of the following hold true:
- the entity in the preceding fiscal year received 80 percent or more of its annual gross revenues from Federal awards;
- the entity received $25 million or more in annual gross revenues from Federal awards; and,
- the public does not have access to executive compensation data via periodic reports filed by the entity in compliance with SEC and IRS requirements.
How will the reporting process work?
- FHWA must report prime award information.
- Will be accomplished through existing systems/processes – not necessary to modify FMIS or other financial management systems.
- Information reported by FHWA will be used to pre-populate a new FFATA Subaward Reporting System (FSRS).
- Prime contract and grant awardees must report subaward information through FSRS.
- Prime contract and grant awardees must register with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR).
- If required, prime contract and grant awardees must report executive compensation through CCR.
When does reporting begin?
- Contracts: First-tier sub-contracts reporting requirement will be phased in:
- Phase 1: Reporting first-tier sub-contracts of prime awards valued greater than $20M (July 2010)
- Phase 2: Reporting first-tier sub-contracts of prime awards valued greater than $550K (October 1, 2010)
- Phase 3: Reporting first-tier sub-contracts of prime awards valued at $25K or more (March 1, 2011)
- Grants: For Federal grant awards of $25K or more made on or after October 1, 2010, prime awardees must report associated first-tier sub-grants of $25K or more and executive compensation data.
- FSRS will begin accepting reports on October 29, 2010
When does reporting occur?
- Prime awardees must report first-tier sub-award information by the end of the month following the month the award or award’s obligation was made
- For example, if an award is made on October 10, 2010 the awardee would have until November 30, 2010 to report the award. Awards made during October will have until November 30, 2010 to report.
What are FHWA’s responsibilities?
- FHWA is responsible for:
- providing information about the guidance and requirements to States and program partners.
- reporting prime contract and grant information.
- the quality of prime contract grant data and all necessary corrections.
- FHWA is not responsible for quality of subaward data, including executive compensation data, reported by prime recipients.
- Help desk available to address technical questions only – will refer all programmatic questions to FHWA.
- Federal Spending Transparency:
- OMB’s website for Federal Spending Transparency:
- OMB Interim Final Rule:
- FFATA Sub-award Reporting System: