H.R. 4454 (112th): ACCOUNT Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Apr 19, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4454

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 19, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

A BILL

To require the approval by the head of an agency for any conference costing more than $25,000, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Agency Conferences and Conventions Operating Under Necessary Transparency Act of 2012 or the ACCOUNT Act.

2.

Agency conference requirements

(a)

Agency head approval required

Any conference costing more than $25,000 must be approved in writing by the head of the relevant agency before the date on which such conference occurs. The head of an agency may only approve such conference if the head determines that the conference is necessary to the core mission of the agency.

(b)

Publication of statement required

Not later than 30 days after the date of a conference described in subsection (a), the head of the agency shall publish on the website of such agency a summary of the conference that includes the purpose and total cost of the conference and the cost per employee that attended the conference.

(c)

Report to Congress

Not later than December 31 of each year, the head of each agency shall submit a report, for the previous fiscal year, to the relevant committees of the Congress that includes a list of each conference approved pursuant to subsection (a) and with regard to each such conference, the following:

(1)

A summary of the purposes and goals.

(2)

A description of the conference activities that accomplish such purposes and goals.

(3)

The total cost.

(4)

The cost per government employee.

(d)

Exclusion

The requirements of this section shall not apply—

(1)

to the armed forces;

(2)

with respect to law enforcement activity; and

(3)

with respect to any conference that the head of the agency determines is classified or related to national security.

(e)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Agency

The term agency has the meaning given that term in section 551 of title 5, United States Code.

(2)

Armed forces

The term armed forces has the meaning given that term in section 2101 of title 5, United States Code.

(3)

Conference

The term conference means a meeting of 40 or more employees that is located more than 50 miles from the workplace of at least 20 or more of such employees.

(4)

Employee

The term employee has the meaning given that term in section 2105 of title 5, United States Code.