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S. 436 (103rd): Federal Efficiency Improvement Act of 1993


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 25, 1993 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


S 436 IS

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 436

To provide for a Special Assistant to the President to conduct a Federal performance audit and review, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 25 (legislative day, JANUARY 5), 1993

Mr. KRUEGER introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs


A BILL

To provide for a Special Assistant to the President to conduct a Federal performance audit and review, 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 ‘Federal Efficiency Improvement Act of 1993’.

SEC. 2. FEDERAL PERFORMANCE AUDIT AND REVIEW.

    (a) SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT- (1) No later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall appoint a Special Assistant to the President for the Improvement of Federal Efficiency (hereafter in this Act referred to as the ‘Special Assistant’) to serve within the Executive Office of the President. The Special Assistant shall conduct the Federal Performance Audit and Review described under subsection (b).

    (2) The Special Assistant shall establish a staff of no more than 200 persons, that shall be composed of Federal employees who are--

      (A) selected by the Special Assistant based upon experience and expertise in auditing or investigation of Federal programs and agency activities; and

      (B) detailed to serve on such staff--

        (i) without reimbursement to employing agencies;

        (ii) with the approval of the head of the agency of each such employee; and

        (iii) without interruption or loss of civil service status or privilege.

    (3) No employee detailed under paragraph (2) may remain on such detail after the date occurring 30 days after the date of the submission of the final report under section 3.

    (4) The Special Assistant may secure directly from any Federal department or agency such information as the Special Assistant considers necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act. Upon request of the Special Assistant, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Special Assistant.

    (5) The General Accounting Office and the Inspectors General as defined under section 11(3) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) shall provide such support services as the Special Assistant may require, including the detail of employees and the furnishing of information under paragraphs (2) and (4) to the greatest extent as provided by law.

    (b) FEDERAL PERFORMANCE AUDIT AND REVIEW- The Special Assistant, in conducting a Federal Performance Audit and Review, shall--

      (1) examine any Federal program or activity of an agency and make recommendations for improving efficiency and effectiveness;

      (2) review all applicable reports, analyses, and studies conducted by the General Accounting Office, including the General Accounting Office 1992 transition series, to avoid duplication of studies and select programs and activities to audit and review;

      (3) propose savings by restructuring incentives to motivate Federal employees;

      (4) propose actions to improve the efficiency and quality of services delivered;

      (5) propose actions to restructure Government organization to provide for long-term efficiency and savings;

      (6) study the Federal Government by function, not by agency structure, to avoid an unintentional bias in favor of the status quo;

      (7) establish a special team to study Government-wide issues such as procurement and personnel;

      (8) establish a telephone line for public comment and hold regional public meetings to increase public input; and

      (9) study ways to improve the effectiveness and to increase the independence of Inspectors General in Executive agencies.

SEC. 3. FINAL REPORT.

    No later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Special Assistant shall submit a final report to the President and the Congress on the Federal Performance Audit and Review conducted under this Act. Such report shall include--

      (1) detailed findings;

      (2) recommended actions to be taken by the President, including specific rescissions of budget authority to implement the recommendations resulting from the audit and review; and

      (3) proposals for legislation to implement such recommendations.

SEC. 4. RESCISSION PROPOSALS.

    No later than 60 days after the submission of the final report under section 3, the President shall submit such rescissions of budget authority under title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 681 et seq.) as he determines necessary to implement any recommendation in such report.