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S. 17: GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017

About the bill

The second bill President Trump ever signed into law is Public Law 115–3, the GAO Access and Oversight Act.

(The first bill Trump signed — which GovTrack Insider previously covered — was a one-page waiver allowing James Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense, despite not having yet been out of the military for seven years as the law usually requires. Mattis was later approved by the Senate 98–1.)

What the law does

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent government agency that analyzes and investigates federal expenditures. They ...

Sponsor and status

Benjamin Sasse

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Nebraska. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2017
Length: 3 pages

Jan 3, 2017


Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted, so there will not likely be further activity on this bill.

This bill was enacted as:

H.R. 72: GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 31, 2017. (compare text)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 3, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 17 is 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.

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