Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA)

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) was signed on September 26, 2006. The intent of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act is to empower every American with the ability to hold the government accountable for each spending decision. The end result is to reduce wasteful spending in the government. The FFATA legislation requires information on federal awards (federal financial assistance and expenditures) be made available to the public via a single, searchable website, which is www.USASpending.gov. https://www.fsrs.gov/

The FFATA Sub-award Reporting System (FSRS) is the reporting tool Federal prime awardees (i.e. prime contractors and prime grants recipients) use to capture and report sub-award and executive compensation data regarding their first-tier sub-awards to meet the FFATA reporting requirements. Prime contract awardees will report against sub-contracts awarded and prime grant awardees will report against sub-grants awarded. The sub-award information entered in FSRS will then be displayed on www.USASpending.gov associated with the prime award furthering Federal spending transparency.

Who is required to file a FFATA report in FSRS

REPORTING TIMELINE FOR PRIME CONTRACTORS
Prime Contractors awarded a Federal contract or order that is subject to Federal Acquisition Regulation clause 52.204-10 (Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards) are required to file a FFATA sub-award report by the end of the month following the month in which the prime contractor awards any subcontract greater than $25,000. This reporting requirement will be phased-in (see below):

  • Phase 1:

    • Reporting subcontracts under federally-awarded contracts and orders valued greater than or equal to $20,000,000, reporting starts now.
       

  • Phase 2:

    • Reporting subcontracts under federally-awarded contracts and orders valued greater than or equal to $550,000, reporting starts October 1, 2010.
       

  • Phase 3:

    • Reporting subcontracts under federally-awarded contracts and orders valued greater than or equal to $25,000, reporting starts March 1, 2011.

Although the requirement to report sub-awards is being phased-in at certain dollar levels, if you would like to start reporting prior to the start date for your subcontracts, the system is available to you for reporting.

REPORTING TIMELINE FOR PRIME GRANT RECIPIENTS

Prime Grant Recipients awarded a new Federal grant greater than or equal to $25,000 as of October 1, 2010 are subject to FFATA sub-award reporting requirements as outlined in the Office of Management and Budgets guidance issued August 27, 2010. The prime awardee is required to file a FFATA sub-award report by the end of the month following the month in which the prime recipient awards any sub-grant greater than or equal to $25,000.

Public Law 109-282 FFATA Legislation

Click here for Public Law 110-252 FFATA Legislation

Click here for Federal Acquisition Regulation

Click here for OMB Guidance on Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting

User Guides

>>FSRS Awardee Guide

Training Materials
>>FSRS Awardee User Demonstration

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Who is required to file a FFATA report in FSRS?
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New!
As of October 29, 2010, FSRS.gov now supports both contracts and grants sub-award reporting.
Prime awardees, click here to register or log-in.

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