H.R. 4631 (112th): Government Spending Accountability Act of 2012

Introduced:
Apr 25, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Passed House)
Sponsor
Joe Walsh
Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Sep 12, 2012
Length
8 pages
 
Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 11, 2012 but was never passed by the Senate.

Progress
Introduced Apr 25, 2012
Referred to Committee Apr 25, 2012
Reported by Committee Jun 27, 2012
Passed House Sep 11, 2012
 
Full Title

To amend title 5, United States Code, to institute spending limits and transparency requirements for Federal conference and travel expenditures, and for other purposes.

Summary

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Cosponsors
8 cosponsors (6R, 2D) (show)
Committees

House Oversight and Government Reform

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


9/11/2012--Passed House amended.
Government Spending Accountability Act of 2012 or the GSA Act of 2012 - Requires each federal agency to post on its public website detailed information on employee presentations at conferences, including: (1) the prepared text of any verbal presentation; and (2) any visual, digital, video, or audio materials presented, including photographs, slides, and audio-visual recordings.
Limits to $500,000 the amount that any agency may spend to support a single conference. Allows an agency head to waive such limitation for a specific conference after making a determination that a higher expenditure is justified as the most cost-effective option to achieve a compelling purpose.
Prohibits an agency from paying the travel expenses for more than 50 employees stationed in the United States to attend any international conference, unless the Secretary of State determines that attendance of such employees is in the national interest.
Requires each agency to post on its public website quarterly reports on each conference for which the agency paid travel expenses during the preceding three months.
Limits agency travel expenses for FY2013-FY2017 to 70% of the aggregate amount of such expenses for FY2010. Requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish guidelines for determining what expenses constitute travel expenses for purposes of the ceiling imposed on such expenses. Exempts from such limitation military travel expenses.

House Republican Conference Summary

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