"One looks like a democracy and the other is national security state, where claims of national security usually trump openness and accountability," Angela Canterbury, director of public policy for the Project on Government Oversight, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform March 13.
Obama administration officials spoke out against House-approved legislation that would require federal contractors and grant recipients to report quarterly their receipt and use of federal dollars and institutionalize a new board to oversee that reporting."We should not be asking recipients to do our work for us," said Richard Gregg, head of the office of fiscal service within the Treasury Department.
The House approved April 25 by voice vote a bill that would require federal contractors and grant recipients to report quarterly their receipt and use of federal dollars. The bill states that reporting should to the extent possible incorporate existing standards, "such as the eXtensible Business Reporting Language," known as XBRL.
The recently-launched Government Accountability and Transparency Board--a follow-on to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which is scheduled to sunset in September 2013--should heed
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act would cost the government $575 million to implement over 5 years, says the Congressional...
Financial reporting at federal agencies is still too reliant on manual processes, said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in a statement from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which he
A bill that would institutionalize a board with subpoena power and oversight over all federal spending took another step closer toward realization June 22 with passage through the House Oversight and
A law to increase the transparency of federal spending should be a good thing. Unfortunately, bills proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to effectively
Bills in the House and Senate would make a Recovery Board-like entity a permanent fixture of the Washington, D.C. landscape. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced June 16 companion legislation to