CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 2646 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) on June 2, 2009.
H.R. 2646 would provide additional authorities to the Government Accountability Office
(GAO). The bill requires the Comptroller General's express consent for other Government Accountability Office (GAO) employees to administer oaths to witnesses in matters other than auditing and settling accounts. The bill requires agency statements on actions taken or planned in response to Comptroller General recommendations to be submitted to the appropriate congressional committees and to GAO.
The GAO helps inform the Congress, executive agencies, and the public about areas and programs within the federal government that are performing well, and those that need to be improved or are vulnerable to waste, fraud, and abuse. GAO audits provide reliable assessments as to whether the taxpayers are receiving full value from important government programs. H.R. 2646 is intended to increase the effectiveness of GAO by ensuring that GAO is not unnecessarily restricted in its efforts to secure necessary information in the course of performing its auditing and investigative functions for the Congress.
CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant effect on the federal budget. The additional authorities provided by the bill would facilitate GAO's audit procedures and other activities.