Building the next USASpending.Gov, out in the open

The Treasury Department is preparing to release the second beta of USASpending.Gov, its public website for online,  open and transparent agency spending data in compliance with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act.

OpenBeta.USASpending.Gov “Part Two” is under development and will be released very soon, according to Kaitlin Devine, Treasury’s DATA Act product manager. The new beta’s goals are  to increase user engagement, expand the diversity of its users and identify new user personas to include in future iterations, Devine said at the May 26 DATA Act Summit in Washington, D.C.

Three main principles are guiding the development of the new USASpending.Gov: agile development, transparency and user-centered design. Treasury is heavily focused on the design and is working towards a site in which “all of your features are driven by a demonstrated user need,” Devine said.

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