HR.1423 - Taxpayers Right-to-know Act

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2/25/2014--Passed House amended. Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act -

(Sec. 2) Sets forth additional information relating to a federal program that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to include on its website and update at least annually, including: (1) the total administrative cost of the program and the expenditures for services for the program for the previous fiscal year; (2) an estimate of the number of clients served by the program and beneficiaries who received assistance under the program for the previous fiscal year; (3) an estimate, for the previous fiscal year, of the number of full-time federal employees who administer the program and the number of full-time employees whose salary is paid in part or in full by the federal government through a grant or contract or other form of financial assistance; (4) an identification of the specific statute that authorizes the program and whether such authorization is expired; (5) any finding of duplication or overlap; and (6) any program performance reviews for such program. Requires the OMB Director, not later than February 1 of each fiscal year, to publish on the OMB website the total amount of undisbursed grant funding remaining in grant accounts for which the period of availability to the grantee has expired.

(Sec. 3) Amends the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 to require the Comptroller General (GAO) to maintain and provide regular annual updates to a publicly available website that tracks the status of agency responses to recommendations by the Comptroller General for identifying duplicative governmEnt programs.

(Sec. 4) Declares that nothing in this Act shall be construed to require the disclosure oF classified information.

(Sec. 5) Requires the OMB Director to implement this Act not later than one year after its enactment. Prohibits the authorization of additional funds to carry out the requirements of this Act.

Read Twice And Referred To The Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs.
February 27th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Received In The Senate.
February 26th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

On Motion To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended Agreed To By Voice Vote.
February 25th 2014 @ 3:54 PM

Debate - The House Proceeded With Forty Minutes Of Debate On H.r. 1423.
February 25th 2014 @ 3:43 PM

Considered Under Suspension Of The Rules.
February 25th 2014 @ 3:43 PM

Mr. Lankford Moved To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended.
February 25th 2014 @ 3:43 PM

Placed On The Union Calendar, Calendar No. 263.
February 21st 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Reported (amended) By The Committee On Oversight And Government Reform. H. Rept. 113-355.
February 21st 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Ordered To Be Reported (amended) By Voice Vote.
July 24th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Committee Consideration And Mark-up Session Held.
July 24th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform.
April 9th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

A bill to require a more comprehensive listing of all federal programs by agency with the purpose of identifying and eliminating duplication spending. 

Allison Glatfelter, Senior Analyst
Thursday February 27th 2014

H.R.1423 or the Taxpayer Right-To-Know Act is a bill that requires ever agency to maintain a listing of all the programs run in that agency.  The agency will need to list the costs of the program, the beneficiaries of the program and how many people work on the program.  H.R.1423 also requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) annually report on duplication programs within federal agencies.  These duplications and actions to correct them is to be overseen by the GAO.  All of the reports required in this bill will need to be easily accessible on the internet.  While this legislation was introduced and reported out of Committee in the spring of 2013 it was finally passed by the House on February 25, 2014 as part of “Stop Government Abuse” week in the House.

Allison Glatfelter, Senior Analyst
Thursday February 27th 2014
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