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  Transparency In Government

Financial Management Services, Inc.  is dedicated to improving transparency into the financial activities of the Federal government for the benefit of the American people. Through this web page, FMSI presents Public and Private Sector reports and systems that provide transparency into how the Federal government collects, spends, and manages taxpayer dollars.

This FMSI home page provides Internet links to various public and private web sites that presents information regarding the management of the Federal Government with specific interest in the results achieved by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA), Senate Bill S.3077, ,Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008, and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. 

  Goals of the Transparency In Government Program

Goals of the Transparency in Government Program include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Enhancing individuals understanding of and access to federal financial information sources.
  • Providing a mechanism for individual citizens to provide oversight to Federal revenue sources and spending.
  • Improving communication between the citizen and federal government officials including legislative, executive, and judicial branch organizations.
  • Identifying improvements in reporting and access to financial information that are important to the public.
  • Develop training programs for the public to better understand the operations of the federal government and access to information regarding its operation and management.
  • Establish a feedback mechanism for the public to request information regarding the operation and management of the federal government.

  Governance of the Transparency In Government Program

The Transparency In Government Program  is governed by a Steering Committee that is co-chaired by private and public sector officials and a representative of the Financial Management Services, Inc..  The Steering Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Co-Chairman:
    • Irvin Faunce, President, Financial Management Services, Inc. former Deputy Commissioner, Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service
    • Gerald Murphy, Senior Advisor, Financial Management Services, Inc. Advisory Board, former Fiscal Assistant Secretary, Department of the Treasury.
    • Clyde McShan, Senior Advisor, Financial Management Services, Inc. Advisory Board, former Deputy CFO, Department of Commerce.
  • Members:

The Steering Committee determines projects that the Transparency In Government Program will undertake and appoints special work groups to complete these projects.  The work groups report to the Steering Committee on a periodic basis.  Steering Committee Members will be assigned projects to organize, monitor, and report project status to the Steering Committee.

  Criteria for Selecting New Projects

Criteria for selecting Partnership projects shall include, but not be limited to, the  following:

  • The project should:
    • relate to government and public transparency issues;
    • be of mutual interest to governments and the public;
    • be crosscutting in that it will be applicable to more than one program and
    • clearly define the role for the Transparency In Government Program, i.e., whether it is education, training, publication of best practices, or development of common approaches to addressing an issue.
  • The Steering Committee should:
    • have a consensus among the members to proceed with a project;
    • avoid undertaking projects that focus on issues that are likely to require congressional action for resolution or that are the direct result of congressional action;
    • validate either formally or informally that a potential project addresses a significant problem;
    • not undertake projects that duplicate other initiatives, but it may undertake projects that complement other initiatives;
    • establish the duration, milestones, outcomes and expected achievement of each project;
    • include staff resources that represent government, private sector, and the public and
    • approve all personnel that volunteer for a project.

  Transparency In Government Projects

The following projects have been approved by the Steering Committee: