Foreign Assistance Dashboard (ForeignAssistanceWeb@state.gov)
By the end of 2012, the U.S. Government will begin reporting its foreign assistance data in the IATI format. Data is considered public domain.
Organisations / agencies covered
By the end of 2012, the U.S. Government plans to publish (1) CY 2009, 2010 and 2011 CRS data (2) preliminary FY12 Activity data (for USAID and MCC) and (3) forward-looking budget request data (for approximately 70% of total ODA flows) in the IATI XML format. The U.S. Government will continue to publish IATI compliant data in the following three ways: (1) Activity level data on a quarterly basis will be published for approximately 70% of total ODA by the end of 2013. The coverage is expected to increase to approximately 90% of total ODA by the end of 2014, with 100% of all ODA flows reporting all available IATI compliant data expected by the end of 2015. (2) At the end of February each year, the U.S. Government will publish annual, 1-year forward planning budget data which is the requested amount submitted to Congress. ODA coverage rates are expected to follow the same pattern as the quarterly activity data. (3) Verified, complete statistical data and information on U.S. Government ODA flows will be published in the IATI format at the end of each calendar year once OECD/DAC reporting is complete.
Timeliness of Data
Verified, complete statistical data and information on U.S. Government ODA flows will be published in the IATI format at the end of each calendar year once OECD/DAC reporting is complete. Quarterly activity-level data, for agencies reporting to the Foreign Assistance Dashboard, will be available approximately 60 days after the close of each quarter. The U.S. Fiscal Year (FY) is 1 October to 30 September, divided into quarters ending 31 December, 31 March, 30 June, and 30 September. Quarterly reporting is expected to begin in 2013 and will be provided on the U.S. Foreign Assistance Dashboard, maintained by the U.S. State Department and converted to IATI format. This data should be considered preliminary. Verified, complete statistical data and information on U.S. Government ODA flows will be published in the IATI format at the end of each calendar year once OECD/DAC reporting is complete. For U.S. agencies that request foreign assistance funding and are reporting to the Foreign Assistance Dashboard, at the end of February each year, or as available, the U.S. Government will publish annual, 1-year forward planning budget data which is the requested amount submitted to Congress. This data will follow the IATI Organisational Standard.
Frequency of publication
Frequency of publication (extra comments)
Based on the schedule and coverage rates elaborated above, regular quarterly data publication will commence in 2013 for a subset of total ODA, with 100% of ODA reporting expected by the end of 2015. Verified, complete, annual statistical data and information on U.S. Government ODA flows will be published in the IATI format at the end of each calendar year once OECD/DAC reporting is complete.
Units of Aid
For the United States, each record (row or data entry) is an activity. The U.S. reporting does not have a multi-tiered project structure.
Segmentation of Published Data
Forward looking organizational data will be published as one file per agency for U.S. agencies reporting o the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. Quarterly activity data will be published both as one file and separately for each country. Final verified activity data will be published separately for each country.
Data Definitions and References
U.S. data published in the IATI format will include information on all U.S. Government foreign assistance flows, not only ODA. Published budget figures come from the Congressional Budget Justification - a document sent to Congress by the President in January or February of each year, as required by law (31 U.S.C. § 1105), requesting new budget authority for federal programs and estimating federal revenues and outlays for the upcoming fiscal year and 4 subsequent outyears. Although the title of the document is Budget of the U.S. Government, it represents proposals for congressional consideration. There is not a one-to-one link between budget figures and the financial data - commitments and disbursements - for a given year. The Congressional Budget Justification includes sectors specific to the U.S. Government. The budgets have been mapped to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC) sector codes in order to improve international usability.
See the U.S. Government’s IATI Implementation Schedule which is posted on IATI’s website (www.aidtransparency.net/implementation) and on the Foreign Assistance Dashboard (ForeignAssistance.gov).
It is the policy of the U.S. Government, per OMB Bulletin 12-01 (/http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/bulletins/fy2012/b12-01.pdf), for agencies to have a strong presumption in favor of openness. The guidance does provide the following principled exceptions: a) When public disclosure threatens national security interests; b) When public disclosure is likely to jeopardize the personal safety of U.S. personnel or recipients of U.S. resources; c) When public disclosure would interfere with the agency's ability to effectively discharge its ongoing responsibilities in foreign assistance activities; d) When there are legal constraints on the disclosure of business or proprietary information of non-governmental organizations, contractors, or private sector clients; e) When the laws or regulations of a recipient country apply to a bilateral agreement and restrict access to information; or f) When data reveal private information about individuals that must be kept confidential consistent with ethical guidelines and federal regulations. When examining information that falls within these categories, USG agencies have sufficient flexibility to protect sensitive information from disclosure, on a case-by-case basis, in order to protect against potential harm while maintaining a strong presumption in favor of transparency. To ensure that these exceptions are rarely applied, and are used appropriately and consistent with the presumption of openness, agencies will maintain specific case-by-case justifications for all instances of reliance on the principled exceptions established in this section.
Data and information on U.S. Government ODA flows will be published in IATI format throughout the year on a timely quarterly basis and will be unverified. This data will be replaced in its entirety at the end of each calendar year with verified, complete statistical OECD/DAC CRS data, once OECD/DAC reporting is complete. As part of its overall data quality control and assurance processes, the U.S. Government will work to identify and resolve discrepancies between preliminary and verified data. This iterative process will likely result in the publishing of better quality data on a quarterly basis over time. *Roughly 20% of the records in the CRS generated files have incorrect U.S. Government extending agency names and / or codes. We are aware of the problem and are actively working to resolve the issue. Quarterly activity data will be provided on the U.S. Foreign Assistance Dashboard, maintained by the U.S. State Department and converted to IATI format, and should be considered preliminary.
Data published in the IATI format will be available at ForeignAssistance.gov.
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