H.R. 4194, Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014

H.R. 4194

Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014

Date
April 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, April 28, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4194, the Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4194 was introduced on March 11, 2014 by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4194 eliminates 69 agency reports to Congress that have been deemed duplicative or unnecessary.  Moreover, this legislation eliminates or modifies ten Government Accountability Office (GAO) mandates.

Background

On January 4, 2011, the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 became law.[1]  The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 required the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to publish all agency reports deemed unnecessary or duplicative.  In January 2013, the OMB published the list.  This prompted the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to solicit input from the affected committees identified on the OMB’s list in order to determine whether any of the reports were necessary to House committee activity.  Additionally, in 2013, the GAO identified ten mandates that are burdensome and unnecessary.  H.R. 4194 eliminates six of them and modifies the remaining four to make them more relevant to current needs.

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[1] Clinton T. Brass, Changes to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA): Overview of the New Framework of Products and Processes, Congressional Research Service (Feb. 2012), p. 1.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing the bill would reduce costs that are subject to appropriation by about $1 million over the next five years.

Additional Information

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