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H.R. 6136 (112th): Congressional Budget Office Transparency Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 17, 2012 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 6136


July 17, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. Tiberi, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Gohmert, and Mr. Ross of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Budget


To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to require the Director of the Congressional Budget Office to make all data and other information relating to the estimating of the cost of legislation available on its public website.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Congressional Budget Office Transparency Act.


Public availability of CBO data regarding the scoring of legislation

Section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is amended by inserting (a) Cost estimates.— after Sec. 402. and by adding at the end the following new subsection:


Public availability of cost estimate data


Except as provided by paragraph (2), whenever the Director of the Congressional Budget Office prepares an estimate of costs for any bill or resolution under subsection (a), the Director shall post on the public website of the Congressional Budget Office all working papers, including data, informational papers, methodologies, spreadsheets, computer programs, background data, revenue estimates, and aggregate data provided by the Joint Committee on Taxation, and any other material used to derive such cost estimate.


The Director of the Congressional Budget Office shall not be required to post on its public website under paragraph (1) any proprietary information utilized by the Congressional Budget Office obtained from a third party with whom there is an agreement not to release such information.