S. 2651, DHS OIG Mandates Revision Act of 2014

S. 2651

DHS OIG Mandates Revision Act of 2014

Sponsor
Sen. Tom Coburn

Date
December 10, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the House will consider S. 2651, the DHS OIG Mandates Revision Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules.  S. 2651 was introduced on July 24, 2014 by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and passed in the Senate by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

S. 2651 repeals requirements that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General conduct: 1) an annual evaluation of the cargo inspection targeting system; 2) an annual review of Coast Guard performance; and 3) an annual audit and report on the effectiveness of DHS grants to States and high-risk urban areas to prevent, prepare for, and respond to natural disasters, manmade disasters, and acts of terrorism.

Background

“Congress often includes in statutes directions for Offices of Inspectors General (OIG) to perform particular audits.”[1]  Approximately 70 percent of the DHS OIG’s workload is congressionally mandated.[2]  “While congressionally mandated audits can be helpful, they also reduce the amount of time, money and resources that an office can spend conducting discretionary audits.”[3]  Discretionary audits, according to the DHS OIG, provide the maximum impact, greater deterrence, more flexibility, and the most value, because they “allow the agency to identify opportunities before a crisis occurs.”[4]  S. 2651 eliminates a number of congressionally mandated audits, enabling the DHS OIG to conduct necessary and more impactful audits.[5]

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[1] Senate Report 113-261, at 1.
[2] Id. at 2.
[3] Id. at 2.
[4] Id. at 2.
[5] Id. at 2.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing S. 2651 “could lower spending by $1 million to $2 million annually, assuming that future DHS appropriations are reduced consistent with the bill’s provisions.”[6]

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[6] https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/s2651.pdf

 

Additional Information

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