Americans are empowered when their government works for them. Our plan rejects outdated bureaucracy and creates at 21st Century government that answers to all Americans with greater accountability, openness, and efficiency.
Requires federal bureaucrats to adopt the least costly method to effectively implement the law.
UNFUNDED MANDATES INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT
H.R. 50 – Rep. Virginia Foxx
Increases transparency about the costs of unfunded federal mandates and holds the federal government accountable for considering those costs before passing them on to local government and the private sector.
Establishes qualifications for members of the Scientific Advisory Board, reinforces independence of the Board, and facilitates public participation in the Board’s advisory activities.
Requires the EPA to ensure all its regulations use the best available science and are publicly available for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results.
Ensures that IRS employees are familiar and act in accordance with certain taxpayer rights, which include: the right to be informed; the right to quality service; the right to pay no more than the correct amount of tax; the right to challenge the position of the IRS and be heard; the right to appeal a decision of the IRS to an independent forum; the right to finality; the right to privacy; the right to confidentiality; the right to retain representation; and, the right to a fair and just tax system.
Prohibits officers and employees of the IRS from using personal email accounts to conduct any official government business, thereby enhancing the safety and protection of sensitive taxpayer information.
Permits the Treasury Secretary to release certain information regarding the status of ongoing investigations related to the improper disclosure of taxpayer information by IRS employees.
Ensures tax-exempt organizations have a right to appeal adverse determinations of tax-exempt status by the IRS.
Streamlines the process by which certain social welfare organizations may obtain tax-exempt status and provides access to judicial review for adverse determinations of applications for such status from these organizations.
Expands grounds for termination of employment of an IRS employee. These grounds include an IRS employee performing, delaying, or failing to perform any official action (including an audit) for the purpose of extracting personal gain or benefit for a political purpose.
Prohibits federal agencies from awarding contracts or grants to persons or companies that have seriously delinquent tax debt.
Provides that persons having seriously delinquent tax debts shall be ineligible for Federal employment.
Amends chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law.
Provides for additional safeguards with respect to imposing Federal mandates, and for other purposes.
Provides taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them, and for other purposes.
Protects private property rights.
Provides for the termination of employment of employees of the Internal Revenue Service who take certain official actions for political purposes.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that a duty of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue is to ensure that Internal Revenue Service employees are familiar with and act in accord with certain taxpayer rights.
Amends title 5, United States Code, to require the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to publish information about rules on the Internet, and for other purposes.
Provides limitations on bonuses for Federal employees during sequestration, to provide for investigative leave requirements for members of the Senior Executive Service, to establish certain procedures for conducting in-person or telephonic interactions by Executive branch employees with individuals, and for other purposes.
Prohibits the Internal Revenue Service from modifying the standard for determining whether an organization is operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare for purposes of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY INCLUDE: