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Walker Introduces Legislation to Stop Wasteful Spending in Federal Agencies and Bring Needed Accountability

March 27, 2018
Press Release
The Good Accounting Obligation in Government Act (GAO-IG Act) would require each federal agency to report on the status of GAO and IG recommendations in their annual budget justification.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) yesterday introduced H.R. 5415, the Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act. This legislation would save taxpayer money and bring needed accountability to federal agencies by requiring them to report on the status of Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Office of Inspector General (IG) recommendations in their annual budget justification. The GAO-IG Act is a House companion bill to S.2276, introduced by U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

These changes represent potential savings of at least $87 billion for taxpayers as agencies will be forced to improve based on IG and GAO recommendations or will be required to provide justification for not implementing the recommendations.

As of 2016, there were more than 15,000 open and unimplemented federal agency recommendations from the IG and more than 8,000 open GAO federal agency recommendations.

“Right now, North Carolina taxpayers are having their hard-earned money wasted by federal bureaucrats who have been told how to improve and become more efficient, but refuse to follow recommendations,” Walker said. “That is unacceptable. This bipartisan legislation will make government better, more accountable, and save taxpayer dollars.”

“This bipartisan bill will help make our federal government more accountable and save taxpayer dollars - two things Hoosiers want,” said Senator Young. “Ensuring Congress has the information necessary to conduct effective oversight will lead to increased transparency for federal agencies and better service to taxpayers.” 

“I’m glad to partner with Senator Young on a bill that gives Congress a powerful tool to hold agencies accountable and make sure they are working on behalf of American families,” said Senator Warren. “This bipartisan bill will make our government more transparent and effective – and save taxpayers real money.”

Read the full text of the GAO-IG Act here.