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Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

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Calendar No. 127

114th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 282

[Report No. 114–71]


To provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 28, 2015

Mr. Lankford (for himself, Mrs. McCaskill, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Ayotte, Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Enzi, Mr. McCain, Mr. Portman, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Paul) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

June 24, 2015

Reported by Mr. Johnson, with an amendment

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]


A BILL

To provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act”.

SEC. 2. Cost and performance of Government programs.

(a) In general.—Section 1122(a) of title 31, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively;

(2) by inserting before paragraph (2), as so redesignated, the following:

“(1) DEFINITION OF PROGRAM.—For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘program’ means an organized set of activities by 1 or more agencies directed toward a common purpose or goal.”;

(3) in paragraph (2), as so redesignated—

(A) by striking “In general.—Not later than October 1, 2012, the Office of Management and Budget shall” and inserting “Website and program inventory.—The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall”; and

(B) by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:

“(C) include on the website—

(i) a program inventory that shall identify each program of the Federal Government, which shall include—

(I) any activity that is commonly referred to as a program;

(II) any activity specifically created by law, or referenced in law, as a program;

(III) each program that has an application process;

(IV) each program for which financial awards are made on a competitive basis; and

(V) any activity identified as a program activity in a budget request; and

(ii) for each program identified in the program inventory, the information required under paragraph (3).”; and

(4) in paragraph (3), as so redesignated—

(A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “described under paragraph (1)” and inserting “identified in the program inventory required under paragraph (2)”;

(B) by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:

“(A) the program activities that are considered a program by the agency;”;

(C) in subparagraph (B), by striking “and” at the end;

(D) in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

(E) by adding at the end the following:

“(D) an identification of the specific statute that authorizes the program and any regulations specific to the program;

“(E) for any program that provides grants or other financial assistance to individuals or entities, for the most recent fiscal year—

(i) an estimate of the number of individuals served by the program and beneficiaries who received financial assistance under the program; and

(ii) an estimate of—

(I) the number of full-time equivalents who administer the program; and

(II) the number of full-time equivalents whose salary is paid in part or full by the Federal Government through a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or another form of financial award or assistance who administer or assist in any way in administering the program;

“(F) links to any evaluation, assessment, or program performance reviews by the agency, an Inspector General, or the Government Accountability Office (including program performance reports required under section 1116) released during the preceding 5 years; and

“(G) to the extent available, financial information for each program required to be reported under section 3(b) of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (31 U.S.C. 6101 note), or a direct link to such information for a specific program on the website established under section 2 of that Act.”.

(b) Guidance.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget—

(1) shall issue guidance to agencies to identify how the program activities used in budget or appropriations accounts correspond with programs identified in the program inventory required under section 1122(a)(2)(A) of title 31, United States Code, as amended by subsection (a); and

(2) may issue guidance to agencies on more closely aligning program activities to the programs in the program inventory for purposes of the budget of the President submitted to Congress under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code.

(c) Expired grant funding.—Not later than February 1 of each fiscal year, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall publish on the public website of the Office of Management and Budget the total amount of undisbursed grant funding remaining in grant accounts for which the period of availability to the grantee has expired.

SEC. 3. Regulations and implementation.

(a) Regulations.—Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall prescribe regulations or other guidance to implement this Act, and the amendments made by this Act.

(b) Implementation.—This Act, and the amendments made by this Act, shall be implemented not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act”.

SEC. 2. Inventory of Government programs.

(a) In general.—Section 1122(a) of title 31, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively;

(2) by inserting before paragraph (2), as so redesignated, the following:

“(1) DEFINITION OF PROGRAM.—For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘program’ means an organized set of activities by 1 or more agencies directed toward a common purpose or goal.”;

(3) in paragraph (2), as so redesignated—

(A) by striking “In general.—Not later than October 1, 2012, the Office of Management and Budget shall” and inserting “Website and program inventory.—The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall”;

(B) by striking subparagraph (C) and inserting the following:

“(C) include on the website—

“(i) a program inventory that shall identify each program of the Federal Government for which there is more than $1,000,000 in annual budget authority, which shall include—

“(I) any activity that is commonly referred to as a program by a Federal agency in communications with Congress, including any activity identified as a program in a budget request;

“(II) any activity that is commonly referred to as a program by a Federal agency in communications with the public, including each program for which financial awards are made on a competitive basis; and

“(III) any activity referenced in law as a program after June 30, 2018; and

“(ii) for each program identified in the program inventory, the information required under paragraph (3).”;

(4) in paragraph (3), as so redesignated—

(A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “described under paragraph (1)” and inserting “identified in the program inventory required under paragraph (2)”;

(B) by striking subparagraph (C);

(C) by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (D);

(D) by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:

“(A) an identification of the program activities that are aggregated, disaggregated, or consolidated as part of identifying programs;

“(B) for each program activity described in subparagraph (A), the amount of funding for the current fiscal year and previous 2 fiscal years;

“(C) to the maximum extent practicable, the amount of funding for each program, determined using the pro rata share of the program activities that are aggregated, disaggregated, or consolidated as part of identifying programs;”;

(E) in subparagraph (D), as so redesignated, by striking “and” at the end; and

(F) by adding at the end the following:

“(E) an identification of the statutes that authorize the program and any major regulations specific to the program;

“(F) for any program that provides grants or other financial assistance to individuals or entities, for the most recent fiscal year—

“(i) a description of the individuals served by the program and beneficiaries who received financial assistance under the program, including an estimate of the number of individuals and beneficiaries, to the extent practicable;

“(ii) for each program for which the head of an agency determines it is not practicable to provide an estimate of the number of individuals and beneficiaries served by the program—

“(I) an explanation of why data regarding the number of such individuals and beneficiaries cannot be provided; and

“(II) a discussion of the measures that could be taken to gather the data required to provide such an estimate; and

“(iii) a description of—

“(I) the Federal employees who administer the program, including the number of full-time equivalents with a pro rata estimate for full-time equivalents associated with multiple programs; and

“(II) other individuals whose salary is paid in part or full by the Federal Government through a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or another form of financial award or assistance who administer or assist in any way in administering the program, including the number of full-time equivalents, to the extent practicable;

“(G) links to any evaluation, assessment, or program performance reviews by the agency, an Inspector General, or the Government Accountability Office (including program performance reports required under section 1116) released during the preceding 5 years; and

“(H) to the extent practicable, financial and other information for each program activity required to be reported under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (31 U.S.C. 6101 note).”; and

(5) by adding at the end the following:

“(4) ARCHIVING.—After the end of each fiscal year, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall archive and preserve the information included in the program inventory required under paragraph (2) relating to that fiscal year.”.

(b) Expired grant funding.—Not later than February 1 of each fiscal year, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall publish on a public website the total amount of undisbursed grant funding remaining in grant accounts for which the period of availability to the grantee has expired.

SEC. 3. Guidance and implementation.

(a) Guidance.—Not later than June 30, 2017, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget—

(1) shall prescribe guidance to implement this Act, and the amendments made by this Act;

(2) shall issue guidance to agencies to identify how the program activities used for reporting under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (31 U.S.C. 6101 note) are associated with programs identified in the program inventory required under section 1122(a)(2)(C)(i) of title 31, United States Code, as amended by subsection (a);

(3) may issue guidance to agencies to ensure that the programs identified in the program inventory required under section 1122(a)(2)(C)(i) of title 31, United States Code, as amended by subsection (a), are presented at a similar level of detail across agencies and are not duplicative or overlapping; and

(4) may, based on an analysis of the costs of implementation, and after submitting to Congress a notification of the action by the Director—

(A) exempt from the requirements under section 1122(a) of title 31, United States Code, an agency that—

(i) is not listed in section 901(b) of title 31, United States Code; and

(ii) for the fiscal year during which the exemption is made, has budget authority (as defined in section 3 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 622)) of not more than $10,000,000; and

(B) extend the implementation deadline under subsection (b) by not more than 1 year.

(b) Implementation.—This Act, and the amendments made by this Act, shall be implemented not later than June 30, 2018.


Calendar No. 127

114th CONGRESS
     1st Session
S. 282
[Report No. 114–71]

A BILL
To provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them, and for other purposes.

June 24, 2015
Reported with an amendment

Picture Name From Date Type
James Lankford R-OK 01/28/2015 Sponsor
Ben Sasse R-NE 05/09/2016 Cosponsor
Rob Portman R-OH 02/05/2015 Cosponsor
Gary Peters D-MI 02/05/2015 Cosponsor
Rand Paul R-KY 04/30/2015 Cosponsor
Claire McCaskill D-MO 01/28/2015 Cosponsor
John McCain R-AZ 01/28/2015 Cosponsor
Ron Johnson R-WI 01/28/2015 Cosponsor
Heidi Heitkamp D-ND 01/28/2015 Cosponsor
Deb Fischer R-NE 02/11/2016 Cosponsor
Michael Enzi R-WY 01/28/2015 Cosponsor
Kelly Ayotte R-NH 01/28/2015 Cosponsor
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Date Branch Action
06/24/2015 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 127. <br> <span style="color:#666;"> Type of Action: Calendars<br> Action By: Senate </span>
06/24/2015 Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written <a href="/congressional-report/114th-congress/senate-report/71">report No. 114-71</a>. <br> <span style="color:#666;"> Type of Action: Committee Consideration<br> Action By: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs </span>
06/24/2015 President Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 127. <!--<br>-->Action By: Senate
06/24/2015 President Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 114-71. <!--<br>-->Action By: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
05/06/2015 President Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. <!--<br>-->Action By: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
05/06/2015 Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. <br> <span style="color:#666;"> Type of Action: Committee Consideration<br> Action By: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs </span>
01/28/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. <br> <span style="color:#666;"> Type of Action: Introduction and Referral<br> Action By: Senate </span>
01/28/2015 President Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. <!--<br>-->Action By: Senate
Summary
There are 2 summaries for S.282. View summariesShown Here:Reported to Senate amended (06/24/2015) Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act (Sec. 2) Revises requirements for providing information about federal programs to increase taxpayer understanding of the cost and performance of such programs. Defines &quot;program,&quot; for purposes of this Act, as an organized set of activities by one or more agencies directed toward a common purpose or goal. Requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to include on its website a program inventory that identifies each program of the federal government for which there is more than $1 million in annual budget authority, which shall include: (1) any activity that is commonly referred to as a program by a federal agency in communications with Congress, including any activity identified as a program in a budget request; (2) any activity that is commonly referred to as a program by a federal agency in communications with the public, including each program for which financial awards are made on a competitive basis; and (3) any activity specifically referenced in law as a program after June 30, 2018. Requires, for each program identified in such inventory: an identification of the program activities that are aggregated, disaggregated, or consolidated as part of identifying programs; the amount of funding for program activities for the current fiscal year and previous two fiscal years; to the maximum extent practicable, the amount of funding for each program using the pro rata share of the program activities that are aggregated, disaggregated, or consolidated as part of identifying programs; an identification of the statutes that authorize the program and any major regulations specific to the program; a description and estimate of the number of individuals served by a program and beneficiaries who received financial assistance under a program; a description of the federal employees who administer the program and other individuals whose salary is paid in part or full by the federal government through a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or another form of financial award or assistance; links to any evaluation, assessment, or program performance reviews by the agency, an Inspector General, or the Government Accountability Office released during the preceding five years; and financial information for each program required to be reported under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. Requires OMB: (1) after the end of each fiscal year, to archive and preserve the information included in the program inventory relating to that fiscal year; and (2) not later than February 1 of each fiscal year, to publish on a public website the total amount of undisbursed grant funding remaining in grant accounts for which the period of availability to the grantee has expired. (Sec. 3) Requires OMB, not later than June 30, 2017, to: (1) prescribe guidance for implementing this Act, and (2) issue guidance to assist agencies in identifying how the program activities used in budget or appropriations accounts correspond with programs identified in the program inventory required by this Act. Authorizes OMB: (1) to issue guidance to agencies on how to more closely align programs in the program inventory for purposes of the budget submission of the President to Congress, and (2) after providing notification to Congress, to exempt from the requirements of this Act agencies that are not required to have a chief financial officer and that have less than $10 million in budget authority. Requires the amendments made by this Act to be implemented not later than June 30, 2018, but allows OMB to extend such deadline by not more than one year based on an analysis of the costs of implementation.
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