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H.R. 4917: IG Subpoena Authority Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4917 enhances the ability of inspectors general to identify waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the executive branch by authorizing them to issue testimonial subpoenas for contractors, grant recipients, and former federal employees, as necessary to perform functions required by the Inspector General Act of 1978.

To avoid abuse, a testimonial subpoena must be reviewed by a panel of three other inspectors general prior to the subpoena’s issuance.

Sponsor and status

Steve Russell

Sponsor. Representative for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 29, 2018
Length: 8 pages

Feb 2, 2018


Ordered Reported on Feb 6, 2018

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on February 6, 2018.

The House Majority Leader indicated on Sep 21, 2018 that this bill may be considered in the week ahead.


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Feb 2, 2018

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Feb 6, 2018
Ordered Reported

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Jun 29, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

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Sep 21, 2018
On House Schedule

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H.R. 4917 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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