Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–July 12, 2016. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s (IL-08) bipartisan GREAT (Getting Results through Enhanced Accountability and Transparency) Act to help reduce waste and unnecessary duplication across the federal government passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this afternoon. The legislation, which is sponsored in the Senate by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), now moves to the full House for consideration.
“The American people need accountability and transparency in their government to have any degree of confidence that their tax dollars are being spent wisely,” said Congresswoman Duckworth. “Our bipartisan GREAT Act will help ensure that federal agencies have the authorities and tools necessary to cut waste and government duplication, enhance coordination and—most importantly—save taxpayer dollars. I’m pleased my bill is moving through the House, and I will continue working to help eliminate waste, fraud and abuse.”
The GREAT Act, introduced in partnership with Republican Congressman Steve Russell (OK-05), would help Congress better identify where unnecessary duplication could be eliminated and which government programs with similar missions could be coordinating more efficiently. Specifically, the bill would hold agency leadership accountable for actions to address recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding waste, require federal agencies to look for opportunities to address issues of coordination and duplication and provide congressional committees with the information they need to better manage duplication, fragmentation and unnecessary overlap in government.