H.R. 1162: Government Accountability Office Improvement Act

Mar 14, 2013
Passed House
36% chance of being enacted
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Darrell Issa
Representative for California's 49th congressional district
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Dec 17, 2013
6 pages

This bill passed in the House on April 15, 2013 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Introduced Mar 14, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 14, 2013
Reported by Committee Mar 20, 2013
Passed House Apr 15, 2013
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

36% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To amend title 31, United States Code, to make improvements in the Government Accountability Office.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Apr 15, 2013 6:57 p.m.
Passed 408/0

1 cosponsors (1D) (show)

House Oversight and Government Reform

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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Library of Congress Summary

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12/17/2013--Reported to Senate without amendment.
Government Accountability Office Improvement Act - Authorizes the Comptroller General to: (1) obtain federal agency records required to discharge his or her duties (including audit, evaluation, and investigative duties), including through bringing civil actions under this Act, (2) make and retain copies of agency records, and (3) administer oaths when investigating fraud or federal employee misconduct.
States that no provision of the Social Security Act or the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall be construed to limit, amend, or supersede the Comptroller General's authority to obtain any information, inspect, or copy any record under this Act.
Requires the Comptroller General to prescribe policies and procedures to protect from public disclosure proprietary or trade secret information obtained pursuant to the authority of the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Declares that nothing in this Act shall be construed to: (1) alter or amend the prohibitions against the disclosure of trade secret or other sensitive information prohibited by federal and other applicable laws; or (2) affect the applicability of this Act, including the protections against unauthorized disclosure to obtained information.
Requires agency statements on actions taken or planned in response to Comptroller General recommendations to be submitted to the congressional committees with jurisdiction over the pertinent agency program or activity and to GAO.

House Republican Conference Summary

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