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Text of the Eliminating Duplicative and Inefficient Taxpayer Spending Act

This bill was introduced on April 17, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 17, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4370

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 17, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Graves of Missouri, Mrs. Ellmers, Mr. Ross of Florida, Mr. Hultgren, Mr. Chabot, and Mr. Long) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

A BILL

To require new policies and procedures to address duplication and inefficient spending in the Federal grants process.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Eliminating Duplicative and Inefficient Taxpayer Spending Act.

2.

Requirement for Federal grant applicants to include certain information about similar Federal grants in grant applications

(a)

Requirement

Each applicant for a grant from an Executive agency shall submit, as part of the application for the grant, the following information:

(1)

A list of each similar Federal grant the applicant applied for during the one-year period preceding the date of submission of the application.

(2)

A list of each similar Federal grant the applicant received during the five-year period preceding the date of submission of the application.

(3)

A statement of whether the applicant has ever been debarred or suspended by an Executive agency from receiving Federal grants and, if so, a list of each such debarment or suspension.

(b)

Enforcement

If an applicant does not include the information required by subsection (a) in an application for a grant—

(1)

the head of the Executive agency may propose that the applicant be debarred or suspended from receiving Federal grants in the future; and

(2)

in the case of—

(A)

a grant awarded through merit-based selection procedures, the Executive agency may not award the grant to the applicant; and

(B)

a grant that is a block grant or formula grant for which Federal funds are required to be allocated in accordance with a distribution formula prescribed by law or regulation or in which the allocation methodology for the grant funds is mandated by law, the Executive agency may require the forfeiture or repayment of the grant.

3.

Responsibilities of Office of Management and Budget

(a)

Guidance

(1)

In general

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall issue guidance to implement this Act. The guidance shall include the policies and procedures described in paragraph (2) as well as such other additional policies and procedures that the Director considers appropriate for carrying out this Act.

(2)

Information sharing

In the guidance issued under paragraph (1), the Director shall establish uniform policies and procedures to ensure that each Executive agency shares information about grants awarded by the agency both within the agency and among other appropriate Executive agencies that might be awarding similar Federal grants.

(b)

Enforcement of information sharing

(1)

Sabbaticals

If an Executive agency does not comply with the information sharing requirements of the guidance issued under subsection (a) during a fiscal year, a senior executive within that agency may not be granted, during the succeeding fiscal year, a sabbatical under section 3396(c) of title 5, United States Code.

(2)

Incentive awards

If an Executive agency does not comply with the information sharing requirements of the guidance issued under subsection (a) during a fiscal year, a senior executive within that agency may not receive, during the succeeding fiscal year, any incentive award under subchapter I of chapter 45 of title 5, United States Code.

4.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

The term Executive agency has the meaning provided by section 105 of title 5, United States Code, except the term does not include the Government Accountability Office.

(2)

The term similar Federal grant, with respect to an application submitted for a Federal grant, means another Federal grant to provide a program, service, or product that is substantially overlapping or duplicative in nature, as determined by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, or identical, to the program, service, or product to be provided under the grant for which the application is being submitted.

5.

Applicability

This Act shall apply to grant applications submitted on or after the date occurring 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.