JUNE 25, 2014   

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Homeland Security Committee Makes First Move Toward McCaskill Goal of Eliminating Useless Government Reports

Panel approves bipartisan, McCaskill-backed bill to slash dozens of reports ‘nobody needs or reads’

WASHINGTON – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today made the first move toward a goal of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill—to better protect taxpayer dollars from waste by eliminating unnecessary reports compiled by federal government agencies. 

McCaskill is a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation with Senators Mark Warner of Virginia and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire to eliminate hundreds of such unnecessary reports. In December 2012, the Office of Management and Budget published a list of 376 Congressionally mandated reports identified as outdated, duplicative, or serving little use.  

Today, the Senate panel approved a U.S. House version of the bipartisan, McCaskill-backed bill, which she said represents a “down payment” toward the goal of eliminating unnecessary reports. 

“I think Americans would gain a little more confidence that their tax dollars are being spent wisely if we put an end to printing lengthy reports that nobody needs or reads,” said McCaskill, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight. 

McCaskill also recently joined Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce the Let Me Google That For You Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to eliminate an outdated federal agency that compiles and sells government reports, most of which are available for free online. With a money-losing profit model, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) attempts to sell government reports to other federal agencies and the public, a once-important service that has now been supplanted by the Internet. 

The legislation approved by the Committee today would eliminate the following federal reports: 

Click HERE to read highlights of McCaskill’s fight for stronger accountability in Washington.