House committee approves major Guinta bill on increased transparency

GUINTA BILL TO MAKE GOVERNMENT SPENDING MORE TRANSPARENT & ACCESSIBLE WINS BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE APPROVAL; HEADS TO FULL HOUSE

 

(Washington – November 3, 2011)    A major piece of legislation introduced by Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) is advancing to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved H.R. 3262, the Government Results Transparency Act (GRTA), Thursday afternoon in a bipartisan voice vote.  Representative Guinta serves on that committee.

Representative Guinta released the following statement:   “Americans deserve to know not only how their tax dollars are being spent, but what specific results their money is producing.  This bill makes government more transparent and accessible by listing where public funds are going and matching that with a review of the results they are --or in some cases aren’t-- generating.  GRTA would benefit citizens and decision-makers in government alike.  It would also hold the federal government accountable to the people it serves.” 

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 everyone to search, download and analyze.