[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 245 (Friday, December 20, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 77132-77133]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30283]


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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

[Notice-MX-2013-01; Docket No. 2013-0002; Sequence 39]


Notification of a Public Meeting of the Government Accountability 
and Transparency Board

AGENCY: Office of Government-wide Policy, General Services 
Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Meeting Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Government Accountability and Transparency (GAT) Board 
will host a meeting for the public to make presentations to the Board, 
as indicated below. This notice is intended to notify the general 
public, representatives of state and local governments, civic and 
professional organizations, and other interested parties, of the 
opportunity to present material to the Board and attend the meeting.

DATES: The GAT Board meeting will be held on January 22, 2014, in two 
sessions: The first session will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Eastern Standard Time; the second session will be 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 
p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The second session is for overflow purposes 
and will be cancelled without further notice, if responses to this 
notice lead the Chairperson of the GAT Board to determine the first 
session's timeframes are sufficient.

ADDRESSES: General Services Administration National Capital Region 
(NCR) Regional Office Building (ROB) Auditorium, 301 7th Street, SW., 
Washington, DC 20407. The GSA auditorium is located on the first floor 
of the building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Nancy DiPaolo, Chief, 
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Recovery Board, 1717 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006; Telephone 
202-254-7900.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Background: The Government Accountability and Transparency Board's 
mandate appears in Executive Order 13576 (June 13, 2011), which in 
short states that the Board shall:
     Provide strategic direction for enhancing transparency of 
federal spending and advance efforts to detect and remediate fraud, 
waste, and abuse in federal programs; and
     Work with the Recovery Accountability and Transparency 
Board (RATB) to build on lessons learned and apply the approaches 
developed by the RATB across federal spending.
    Agenda: The purpose of the January 22, 2014 meeting is to allow the 
public to make presentations to the GAT Board regarding accountability 
and transparency for federal expenditures made through contracts and 
grants.
    The GAT Board Chairman will make a brief opening statement. The 
rest of the meeting will feature presentations by members of the public 
on the following:
    1. Who do you represent?
    2. What questions are you trying to answer with federal spending 
information?
    3. What federal spending information do you need to answer these 
questions?
    4. Where do you find that federal spending information now?
    5. Where does federal spending information need clearer 
instructions or explanations?
    6. What suggestions do you have for prioritizing federal spending 
information enhancements?
    The GAT Board is collecting this information at the meeting for 
strategic advisory purposes, to help the Board in developing its annual 
plan (Calendar Year 2014 Way Forward document). Note that the Board is 
not a decision-making body, nor does it have funding and staff. The 
Board provides strategic advice to interagency working groups.
    Procedures for notifying the Board of attendance: Persons wishing 
to attend the meeting should email their names and represented 
organization (or indicate ``self'') to federaltransparency@ratb.gov and 
write ``January 22, 2014 GAT Board RSVP'' in the subject line.
    Street Address: You may submit your RSVP by mail to 1717 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006. ``GAT Board 
public meeting RSVP'' should be written on the envelope.
    Procedures for submitting public comments or presentation 
materials: In addition to notifying the Board of attendance, persons 
wishing to present to the GAT Board at the meeting should email their 
written comments and/or

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presentation materials to federaltransparency@ratb.gov and write 
``January 22, 2014 GAT Board public comment'' in the subject line. 
Provide these written comments or presentation materials on the six 
topics listed above at least one week prior to the meeting (no later 
than January 15, 2014).
    Street Address: You may submit written comments or presentation 
materials by mail to 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 700, 
Washington, DC 20006. ``GAT Board public meeting comments'' should be 
written on the envelope.
    Presentations: The GAT Board will provide the necessary visual 
equipment to project the submitted presentations to the audience the 
day of the meeting. Hard copies will not be provided.
    Space and Time Limitations: There will be limited space for this 
meeting; therefore, members of the public who have submitted written 
comments and/or signed up in advance to make presentations will be 
given priority in attending this meeting and speaking to the GAT Board. 
Other members of the public will be admitted and heard in the order in 
which they sign up, time permitting. A time limit of no more than 20 
minutes each (followed by a 10 minute question and answer session) will 
be placed on those members of the public wishing to speak at the 
meeting. The GAT Board will make every effort to hear the views of all 
interested persons. The Chairperson of the GAT Board is empowered to 
conduct the meeting in a fashion that will, to the Chairperson's 
judgment, facilitate the orderly conduct of business.
    Meeting Record: The submitted presentations will be the only record 
of the meeting and will be posted on the GAT Board Web site after the 
public meeting.
    Arrival: Interested parties are encouraged to arrive at least 30 
minutes early to accommodate security procedures. A valid government-
issued photo identification card will be required to enter the 
building.
    Special Accommodations: The public meeting is physically accessible 
to people with disabilities. Request for sign language interpretation 
or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Nancy DiPaolo, Chief, 
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Recovery Board, 1717 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006; Telephone 
202-254-7900, at least 5 working days prior to the meeting date.
    Availability of background materials for the meeting: Several 
documents available on the Board's Web site provide information on GAT 
Board activities during Calendar Year 2013 (see http://www.federaltransparency.gov/about/Pages/gatb.aspx):
     The GAT Board's annual plan (Calendar Year 2013 Way 
Forward document), which contains the Board's long-term strategy and 
the near-term focus of working groups to develop approaches to (1) 
standardize key data elements to improve procurement data integrity; 
(2) standardize key data elements to improve grants data integrity; (3) 
leverage existing data to help improve oversight; and (4) link 
financial management systems with award systems.
     Progress made in Calendar Year 2013. The Calendar Year 
2013 meeting minutes of the GAT Board contain information on progress 
made, including the GAT Board working groups' briefings.

    Dated: December 16, 2013.
Anne Rung,
Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy, General 
Services Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-30283 Filed 12-19-13; 8:45 am]
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