IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 12, 2017
Mr. Young (for himself and Mr. Manchin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To require reporting by the Secretary of Education on the implementation of recent Government Accountability Office recommendations.
This Act may be cited as the
Department of Education Accountability Act of 2017.
Reporting on implementation of GAO outstanding recommendations
In this section:
Appropriate congressional committees
The term appropriate congressional committees means the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives.
The term outstanding recommendation means a recommendation of the Government Accountability Office that—
relates to the Department of Education;
was made during the 10-year period preceding the date of enactment of this Act; and
is classified by the Government Accountability Office as
closed, not implemented.
Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees and to the Comptroller General of the United States a report listing all outstanding recommendations from the Government Accountability Office.
Comptroller General response
Not later than 60 days after the Secretary of Education submits the report required under subsection (b), the Comptroller General shall identify for the appropriate congressional committees and for the Secretary of Education any discrepancies between the list of outstanding recommendations included in such report and the Government Accountability Office's list of outstanding recommendations.
Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Education shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees and to the Comptroller General of the United States a report on the implementation status of each outstanding recommendation included in the report under subsection (b).
The report required under paragraph (1) shall include—
for any outstanding recommendation the Department of Education has decided not to implement, a detailed justification for the decision;
for any outstanding recommendation the Department of Education has decided to adopt, a timeline for full implementation; and
an explanation for any discrepancies included in the Comptroller General response submitted under subsection (c).