Rep. Darrell Issa‘s bill opening data on federal spending to public scrutiny is headed to President Obama for signature following unanimous approval in the House of Representatives on Monday.

The “DATA Act” requires federal spending data to be made publicly available on a single website, USASpending.gov, in a standardized, downloadable format. A summary of the act is available online.

“Passage of the DATA Act is a victory for taxpayers,” Issa said in a statement. “Addressing rampant waste and fraud in government starts with making publicly accessible, structured information available online for everyone—taxpayers and watchdogs alike.

“The DATA Act is a win for good government, moving the federal bureaucracy into the digital age and setting the stage for real accountability.”

The bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency Act was approved earlier this month in the Senate and now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.  The act was first introduced by Issa and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD)  in 2011.

Issa’s 49th District includes coastal San Diego from Del Mar north to the county line, Rancho Santa Fe, Vista and much of southern Orange County.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.