U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta introduces bill to make government spending & performance info more transparent and accessible

(Washington – October 27, 2011)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) has introduced a significant piece of legislation designed to make federal spending more transparent and accessible to all Americans.  He authored H.R. 3262, the Government Results Transparency Act (GRTA).   

Federal agencies have been required to track and publish their performance results for 18 years.  Last year, Congress also required them to publicly list all of their programs and explain how those programs contribute to overall goals.  But these laws do not require program-by-program performance data to be tracked against program-by-program spending data.

The GRTA builds a bridge between performance data and spending data.   Under GRTA, the government will publish all of its performance data and spending data for each program on a public website in a format that makes it easy for anyone to search, download and analyze. 

Representative Guinta released the following statement:

“All Americans have the right to know how their tax dollars are being spent, plus what results their money is –or isn’t– producing.  Under my bill, citizens and government officials alike can get complete information on spending and performance together in one location, and read it in plain, everyday English, too.  The saying goes ‘Knowledge is power.’  The more informed our citizens and public officials are, the better equipped we are to make thoughtful, intelligent decisions on which programs are effective and which are wasting hard-earned tax dollars, and that’s good for everyone.”

The bill is being sent to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for consideration.  Representative Guinta serves on that committee.