Washington D.C. – Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) recently introduced H.R. 5687, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Mandates Revision Act of 2016, which reduces monetary waste by eliminating the requirement to produce antiquated reports that have been deemed unnecessary by the agency. This will save taxpayer dollars and allow these funds to be redirected to other priorities, such as improving healthcare for our Nation’s veterans. Congressman Hice released the following statement after the legislation passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee:
“Good governance requires responsible spending. In Fiscal Year 2015 alone, the work of GAO netted a return on investment of $134 for every $1 spent by the agency. That is the type of work our Nation needs, identifying inefficiencies and restoring fiscal responsibility through conducting oversight and safeguarding taxpayer dollars.
For the 114th Congress, the agency has 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 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 look forward to its passage on the House Floor.”