OMB launches searchable tool covering federal programs

The Federal Program Inventory, or FPI, serves interested parties to search through federal programs and their spending, awards and grant opportunities.
President Joe Biden speaks about artificial intelligence (AI), in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 21, 2023. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Biden administration on Thursday launched the Federal Program Inventory, a searchable tool that aims to enhance government transparency and accessibility for federal programs that offer funds to individuals, organizations or governments. 

The Office of Management and Budget stated that the release of FPI allows interested parties, including members of the public, congressional stakeholders and oversight bodies, to explore federal programs’ estimated and actual program spending, applicant eligibility and objectives. 

The tool allows users to search through programs and filter various categories, types of assistance, agencies and types of eligible applicants to build a custom list of programs. Per OMB, “users will be able to explore related programs across over 100 granular sub-categories.”

FPI pulls data and information from existing government sources, such as and, to offer users “detailed information” about a specific program’s spending, award recipients and available grant opportunities.


“This tool serves a critical step towards increasing the transparency of federal operations and spending,” OMB said in a statement. “Grounded in a vision of an equitable, effective, and accountable government that delivers results for all Americans, OMB will work with stakeholders to iteratively improve the FPI.  This work will include working with agencies to ensure that each of the programs listed are consistent with other authoritative sources of federal assistance programs and for each of those programs making available more information including additional performance information”

According to a 2021 release from OMB, the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010, which was amended by the National Defense Authorization Act in 2021, required OMB to create the FPI and for it to provide a “coherent picture of all federal programs, and the performance of the federal government as well as individual agencies,” according to the implementation plan

OMB said in an emailed statement that “the FPI demonstrates how the Biden-Harris Administration is delivering for the American people by making it easier for potential beneficiaries to find the programs they need and ensuring the effective stewardship of taxpayer funds.  Today’s launch of the FPI will further increase government transparency and accessibility and fulfills Congressional mandates to create and publicly post an inventory.” 

Caroline Nihill

Written by Caroline Nihill

Caroline Nihill is a reporter for FedScoop in Washington, D.C., covering federal IT. Her reporting has included the tracking of artificial intelligence governance from the White House and Congress, as well as modernization efforts across the federal government. Caroline was previously an editorial fellow for Scoop News Group, writing for FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. She earned her bachelor’s in media and journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after transferring from the University of Mississippi.

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