View Treasury Department Launches “Data Lab”; Provides Visualization Approaches to USAspending.gov Data

USAspending.gov, the one-stop shop for government spending data created by the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), is a veritable treasure trove of information on how the government spends its money. It’s also a little overwhelming.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service wants more people both inside and outside government to start using this data, and it’s got a plan for making things much easier.

The Data Lab, which officially launched Thursday, is a home for data visualizations based on USAspending.gov data. 

The site launched with six visualizations, including a federal accounts dendrogram showing the nearly 2,000 federal bank accounts and a sunburst diagram looking at “how nearly $500 billion is spent each year on contracts.”