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The House Passed My GAO-IG Act

July 19, 2018
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Washington is broken. When I came to Congress, I made a promise to work every day to fix it and make D.C. work for the people of North Carolina. This week, we made another big stride in delivering on that commitment.

Every year, federal bureaucracies are given recommendations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and inspectors general (IG) on how to improve and save taxpayer money – the money you work hard everyday to earn. I was disappointed to learn that these federal agencies often ignore these recommendations, deciding instead to serve their own interests at a cost of more than $87 billion dollars to American taxpayers. This lack of accountability is unacceptable.

That is why I wrote the Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act, requiring federal agencies to report on the status of Government Accountability Office and Office of Inspector General recommendations in their annual budget justification. In short, this legislation will compel the Washington bureaucracy to save taxpayer money and enhance, or face public accountability and explain why they have chosen to disregard responsibility.

The GAO-IG Act is critically necessary because it was recently found that 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.

When federal bureaucratic agencies become so large and unaccountable they ignore recommendations on how to improve and save taxpayer dollars, serving only themselves, not the people of North Carolina.

I am pleased to tell you that the GAO-IG Act passed the House this week with overwhelming bipartisan support.

We cannot continue to have federal bureaucrats rejecting opportunities to improve at the cost of taxpayers in North Carolina. I am proud to serve as your Congressman and continue working towards making government more accountable, eliminating fraud, abuse and misuse of taxpayer funds.


Mark Walker