H.R. 1423: Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act

H.R. 1423

Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act

Date
February 25, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 1423, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on April 9, 2013 by Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

Under current federal law, the Office of Management and Budget is required to post an inventory of all federal programs on a centralized website.  H.R. 1423 builds upon this requirement, and directs the OMB to post: 1) the total administrative cost for the previous fiscal year; 2) the total expenditures for the previous fiscal year; 3) the number of beneficiaries for the previous fiscal year for every federal program; 4) an estimate of the number of full-time federal and contract employees who administered the program; 5) an identification of the specific statute that authorizes the program, including whether such authorization is expired; 6) any finding of duplication or overlap identified by internal review, an Inspector General, the GAO, or other report; and 7) any program performance reviews.  Moreover, this legislation requires the Director of the OMB to publish the total amount of undisbursed grant funding remaining in grant accounts.

Finally, this legislation requires the Comptroller General of the GAO to maintain and provide regular (not less than annually) updates on a publicly-available website that tracks the status of responses to recommendations by the Comptroller General for identifying duplicative programs.  H.R. 1423 specifies that nothing in the Act shall be construed to require the disclosure of classified information.  This legislation requires the Director of the OMB to prescribe regulations to implement this act not later than 120 days after the bill’s enactment.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1423 would cost about $100 million over the 2014-2018 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.[1]  The bill states that “no additional funds are authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act, or the amendments made by this Act.”

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.