Bill aims to make more government reports public

from Government Security News:

A bill introduced on July 26 by Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT), ranking committee member Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) would make Congressional reports available so the public could monitor how tax dollars are being spent.

The Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, S.1411 covers thousands of statutorily-required reports submitted each year to Congress so it can monitor agency implementation of various laws, ranging from homeland security to food safety to environmental protection, said a joint statement on July 26 by Lieberman and Collins.

Under the legislation, the Government Printing Office (GPO) would establish a website that would publish all reports within 30 days of being submitted to Congress, they said. The reports would have to be searchable by text, key words, agencies writing the reports, and Congressional committees receiving the reports.

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