Bipartisan Legislation to Make Congressional Reports Available to the Public Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives
Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and James Comer (KY-01) re-introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA) to create a single website on which Congress and the public can easily search, sort, and download all agency congressional reports.
This bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the 116th Congress unanimously.
“As founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus, I am proud to re-introduce this hallmark transparency bill that I have introduced every Congress since 2011,” said Quigley. “This bill will increase government transparency by providing the public easily-accessible information on how agencies are accomplishing their policy goals. By consolidating this information in one location, my hope is that it will improve the institutional and technological capacity of the legislative branch and rebuild the public’s trust in our government. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this legislation in the House again this Congress.”
“Good governance requires the American people have full, transparent access to information about their government. Congress receives thousands of reports annually from federal agencies about how they are fulfilling their missions, but there isn’t a spot to find all of them in one place. The Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act provides Americans easy access to these reports by requiring all federal agency congressional reports be housed in one accessible location. If these reports can’t be easily found, the reports don’t serve their purpose. The American people need the information contained in these reports to be accessible so we can see and understand how the federal government is using their taxpayer dollars. The House and Senate must take up this commonsense legislation,” said Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member Comer.
Each year, federal agencies submit thousands of legally mandated reports to Congress containing a wealth of information on the executive branch, which enables the public to better understand how effectively federal agencies are fulfilling their respective missions and policy obligations. These reports cover a range of topics, including the status of implementing new programs or legislative requirements, updates on agency efforts to combat waste and fraud, information on policies related to cybersecurity, and financial accountability. The reports also provide valuable information related to specific agency missions, such as ensuring the safety of our drugs and food supply, protecting the environment, monitoring the soundness of our financial institutions, homeland security, and national defense. Unfortunately, many of these reports are only seen by the Committees to which agencies are required to submit them or they appear in scattered posts in numerous places on dozens of agency websites.
Track the Bill: H.R. 2485 (via Congress.gov)
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.