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H.R. 4917 (115th): IG Subpoena Authority Act

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About the bill

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: Sep 27, 2018
Length: 6 pages
Feb 2, 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.


1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Russell Bill Holds Rogue Government Officials Accountable
    — Rep. Steve Russell [R-OK5, 2015-2018] (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

Rep. Russells IG Subpoena Authority Act Passes OGR
    — Rep. Steve Russell [R-OK5, 2015-2018] (Sponsor) on Feb 6, 2018

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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

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. 4917 (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. 4917. 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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