H.R. 6009, Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2016

H.R. 6009

Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2016

Date
November 30, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 6009, the Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 6009 was introduced on September 13, 2016, by Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported, by unanimous consent, on September 15, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 6009 amends the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 to clarify that the General Services Administration (GSA) has responsibility for promoting and recommending efficient mail processing practices among federal agencies.

Background

The Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 was passed in the 113th Congress and made a number of modernizing reforms to federal recordkeeping procedures and requirements. Specifically, the Act streamlined statutory recordkeeping language and made additional changes to improve the federal government’s ability to capture and archive electronic records.[1]

However, while clarifying the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) recordkeeping and record preservation responsibilities, the legislation also created unintended uncertainty over GSA’s longstanding role as the agency responsible for the regulation and oversight of federal agency mail processing programs  To address this uncertainty, H.R 6009 clarifies that the General Services Administration, not NARA, is responsible for ensuring the effective processing of mail by federal agencies, as a distinct function from federal recordkeeping and record preservation.

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[1] See House Report 113-127 at 4.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting H.R. 6009 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Direct spending or revenues would not be affected, and the legislation would not increase direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.