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Text of the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act

This bill was introduced on July 30, 2010, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 30, 2010 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6026

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 30, 2010

(for himself, Mr. Towns, and Mr. Clay) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

A BILL

To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to establish and maintain a single website accessible to the public that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of congressionally mandated reports.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act.

2.

Establishment of website for congressionally mandated reports

(a)

Requirement To establish website

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall establish and maintain a single website accessible by the public that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of congressionally mandated reports.

(b)

Content and function

The Director shall ensure that the website required under subsection (a), with respect to each congressionally mandated report—

(1)

provides a citation to the statute mandating the report;

(2)

provides an electronic copy of the report, including the transmittal letter associated with the report, through a hyperlink or machine readable file (or through such other successor electronic means as may be available);

(3)

enables the report to be retrieved, to the extent practicable, through searches based on—

(A)

the title of the report;

(B)

the reporting agency;

(C)

the date of publication;

(D)

the congressional committee receiving the report, if applicable;

(E)

subject tags;

(F)

the serial number or other number for the report, if applicable;

(G)

the statute or regulation requiring the report;

(H)

key words; and

(I)

any other relevant information specified by the Director;

(4)

provides a means for members of the public to request e-mail notification when a report becomes available on the website; and

(5)

enables access to any such report within 30 days after its submission to Congress.

(c)

Free access

The Director may not charge a fee for access to the website required under subsection (a).

(d)

Upgrade capability

The website required under subsection (a) shall be capable of being continually upgraded to be of maximum use as technology and content evolve over time.

3.

Agency responsibilities

(a)

Submission of electronic copies of reports

(1)

In general

The head of each agency shall provide to the Office of Management and Budget an electronic copy of each congressionally mandated report. The copy shall be provided through a hyperlink or machine readable file (or through such other successor electronic means as may be available).

(2)

Relationship to other submissions to OMB

The electronic copy of a congressionally mandated report provided under paragraph (1) shall be solely for purposes of posting on the website established under section 2 and not for purposes of review by the Office of Management and Budget. This subsection shall not be construed as affecting any other requirement otherwise applicable to an agency or report relating to review by the Office.

(b)

Guidance

Not later than eight months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall issue guidance to agencies on the implementation of this Act.

4.

Relationship to Freedom of Information Act

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require the disclosure of information or records that are exempt from disclosure under section 552 of title 5, United States Code. If any information in a congressionally mandated report may not be publicly released under section 552(b) of title 5, United States Code, the agency concerned shall omit from the website established under section 2 only the portion of the report containing that information and shall identify the exemption under which the omission is made.

5.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Agency

The term agency means an Executive agency as defined by section 105 of title 5, United States Code, but does not include the Government Accountability Office.

(2)

Congressionally mandated report

The term congressionally mandated report means a report that is required by statute to be submitted to Congress.

6.

Implementation

Except as provided in section 3(b), this Act shall be implemented not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act and shall apply with respect to congressionally mandated reports submitted to Congress on or after the date occurring one year after such date of enactment.