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H.R. 4887 (115th): Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act of 2018

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About the bill

Should the government create a single website where all spending information on grants can be located?


More than $700 billion in grants and cooperative agreements were awarded by the federal government last fiscal year. Yet there is no single repository for the data, showing where all the taxpayers’ money went and how much.

What the bill does

The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Actwould create the federal government’s first centralized database for information on grant money.

It was introduced in the Senate on September 24 as bill number S. 3484 by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), and in the House on January 29 as bill number H.R. 4887 by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC5).

What supporters say

Supporters argue the bill would increase transparency and improve …

Sponsor and status

Virginia Foxx

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 27, 2018
Length: 13 pages
Jan 29, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 26, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


7 Cosponsors (4 Democrats, 3 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

House Passes Foxx-Gomez GREAT Act
    — Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC5] (Sponsor) on Sep 27, 2018

House Passes Gomez-Foxx GREAT Act
    — Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 27, 2018

The Week Ahead - scheduled votes, committee action and other important notes for the week of September 24, 2018
    — Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018] on Sep 24, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 4887 will add $50 million in new spending through 2023.
Coalition to Reduce Spending The Coalition to Reduce Spending supports the passage of the Grant Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act (GREAT) Act, which would require the federal government to adopt a nonproprietary identification code for all recipients of federal grants and other awards. This would …


Jan 29, 2018

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Feb 6, 2018
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Sep 12, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Sep 26, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 4887 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4887. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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