McCaskill-Backed Bill to Eliminate Unnecessary Government Reports Unanimously Passes Senate
Senator applauds passage of legislation to guard against waste by eliminating duplicative federal agency reports
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight, today applauded passage of a bipartisan bill to eliminate unnecessary reports compiled by federal government agencies:
“I hope this bill will help Americans gain a little more confidence that their tax dollars are being spent wisely, by knowing that we’re helping put an end to printing lengthy reports that nobody needs or reads. It’s clear there’s still fat to trim in the federal government, and this is an easy place to start.”
In December 2012, the Office of Management and Budget published a list of Congressionally mandated reports identified as outdated, duplicative, or serving little use. This bill eliminates many of those reports.
McCaskill held a hearing, along with Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, on the Senators’ Let Me Google That For You Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to eliminate the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). 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. With a money-losing profit model, NTIS has begun selling other services to government agencies, all of which are offered by other federal agencies, often at substantially lower cost.
Visit mccaskill.senate.gov/accountability to read more about McCaskill’s fight for stronger accountability in Washington.