Hice’s bill awaiting Obama’s okay would eliminate eight costly reports

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Washington, December 29, 2016 | comments

Last week, the United States Senate passed H.R. 5687, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Mandates Revision Act of 2016. The bill, sponsored by Congressman Jody Hice, eliminates eight outdated and costly reports that are no longer necessary and will help create a more effective and efficient government.

The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature to become law.

“Good governance requires responsible spending,” Rep. Hice commented after the bill’s passage. “In Fiscal Year 2015 alone, the work of GAO netted a return on investment of $134 for every $1 spent by the agency, generating an estimated $74.7 billion in financial benefits. That is the type of work our nation needs, identifying inefficiencies and restoring fiscal responsibility through vigorous oversight while safeguarding taxpayer dollars.”

For the 114th Congress, the agency identified eight compulsory reports that are no longer needed and that require resources that could be better used elsewhere. H.R. 5687, the GAO Mandates Revision Act, will ensure that the GAO is better able to focus resources on higher priority areas, making the government more efficient for the American taxpayer.

“As we seek greater accountability within our federal government, I applaud the bipartisan work that went into this legislation, and I look forward to it becoming law,” Hice added.

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