GAO: Federal government's online spending portal hampered by inconsistencies

Most commonly, "The data fields with the most errors or omissions included a title descriptive of the award’s purpose and the city where work funded by the award was performed," the GAO found.

However, GAO officials stressed many of those errors had to do with the source of the reported data, which was sometimes incomplete or insufficient for the website's managers to report federal spending completely and accurately.

Still, federal investigators stressed those periodic errors spelled early trouble for a website that was envisioned as a way for the public to hold agencies accountable for their spending.