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House Unanimously Passes Carter Legislation to Ensure Government Transparency and Accountability

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Washington, January 5, 2017 | comments
The United States House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter's (GA-01) legislation to provide transparency and accountability in the federal government. Passed just a day after introduction, the GAO Access and Oversight Act provides the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the congressional watchdog, with enhanced tools to oversee federal programs and ensures GAO is able to obtain records it needs to audit, evaluate, and investigate federal agencies. 

"I am proud my colleagues realized how important this legislation is and wasted no time passing it, moving it one step closer to law," said Carter. "The GAO must be able to perform its duties to protect taxpayer dollars and ensure the federal government is transparent and accountable. However, GAO's important mission has been blocked due to some federal agencies failing to cooperate. I strongly urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly on this legislation to ensure GAO is able to conduct their investigations properly."

H.R. 72, the GAO Access and Oversight Act, now moves to the Senate for consideration. 
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