Republicans made a Pledge to America to make Congress more open and accountable, and to change the way Washington does business – especially when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars.
Today the House will take another step in keeping that pledge with the bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act (H.R. 2146). This bill, introduced by Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), includes reforms to make it easier for the American people to know where their tax dollars are being spent, and for lawmakers to cut spending and create a better environment for job growth.
The Washington Post says “[t]ransparency advocates and ‘good government’ groups have long pushed for passage of a bill like the DATA Act.” According to the Post:
“The bipartisan measure would establish new government-wide financial reporting standards by requiring federal agencies to report all spending information to a centralized Web site. It also would require all government contractors, subcontractors and grant recipients to report how they spend federal dollars.”
The Sunlight Foundation says the DATA Act is “landmark legislation” that will “transform how taxpayers and watchdogs monitor how public money is spent.” Americans for Tax Reform said it “will allow citizens and lawmakers to track every tax dollar and target wasteful spending,” and help put information on government spending “right at the finger tips of the American people.”
“American taxpayers deserve to be able to access information about how their money is being spent,” said Chairman Issa. Issa says “the infrastructure and reporting standards needed to ‘follow-the-money’ has been lacking,” and that “the GSA travel and conference spending scandal is a perfect case study.”
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