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S. 2183 (116th): Duplication Scoring Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 23, 2019 (Reported by Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

In the words of Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Context

Each year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) produces an annual report which suggests potential cost savings for the government and taxpayers. Many of these suggestions touch on the issue of duplication across agencies or departments.

For example, the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration (within the Department of Health and Human Services) both having responsibility over monitoring arsenic in rice. Or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) both collecting similar financial information from tax filers.

However, there is no official government mechanism to check whether pending legislation would add ...


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Calendar No. 216

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2183

[Report No. 116–113]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 18, 2019

(for himself, Ms. Hassan, Mr. Lankford, and Ms. Ernst) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

September 23, 2019

Reported by , with amendments and an amendment to the title

Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic

A BILL

To require the Comptroller General of the United States to analyze certain legislation in order to prevent duplication of and overlap with existing Federal programs, offices, and initiatives.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Duplication Scoring Act of 2019.

2.

Assessments of reported bills by GAO

Section 719 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(i)
(1)

In this subsection—

(A)

the term covered bill or joint resolution means a bill or joint resolution of a public character reported by any committee of Congress (including the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on the Budget of either House);

(B)

the term Director means the Director of the Congressional Budget Office;

(C)

the term existing duplicative or overlapping feature means an element of the Federal Government previously identified as an area of duplication, overlap, or fragmentation in a GAO duplication and overlap report;

(D)

the term GAO duplication and overlap report means each annual report prepared by the Comptroller General under section 21 of the Joint Resolution entitled Joint Resolution increasing the statutory limit on the public debt, approved February 12, 2010 Public Law 111–139 (31 U.S.C. 712 note); and

(E)

the term new duplicative or overlapping feature means a new Federal program, office, or initiative created under a covered bill or joint resolution that would duplicate or overlap with an existing duplicative or overlapping feature.

(2)

For each covered bill or joint resolution—

(A)

the Comptroller General shall, to the extent practicable

(i)

prepare an assessment—

(I)

to determine whether the covered bill or joint resolution creates a new duplicative or overlapping feature; and

(II)

if the covered bill or joint resolution creates a new duplicative or overlapping feature, that includes—

(aa)

the name of the new Federal program, office, or initiative; and

(bb)

a reference to—

(AA)

the section of the covered bill or joint resolution at which the new duplicative or overlapping feature is established; and

(BB)

the GAO duplication and overlap report in which the existing duplicative or overlapping feature is identified;

(ii)

submit the assessment prepared under clause (i) to the Director; and

(i)

determine the extent to which the covered bill or joint resolution creates a risk of a new duplicative or overlapping feature and, if the risk so warrants, identify—

(I)

the name of the new Federal program, office, or initiative;

(II)

the section of the covered bill or joint resolution at which the new duplicative or overlapping feature is established; and

(III)

the GAO duplication and overlap report in which the existing duplicative or overlapping feature is identified; and

(ii)

submit the information described in clause (i) to the Director and the committee that reported the covered bill or joint resolution; and

(iii)

publish the assessment information prepared under clause (i) on the website of the Government Accountability Office; and

(B)

subject to paragraph (3), the Director may include the assessment information submitted by the Comptroller General under subparagraph (A)(ii) with as a supplement to the estimate for the covered bill or joint resolution to which the assessment information pertains submitted by the Director under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 653).

(3)

If the Comptroller General has not submitted to the Director an assessment the information for a covered bill or joint resolution under paragraph (2)(A)(ii) on the date on which the Director submits the estimate for the covered bill or joint resolution to which the assessment information pertains under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 653), the Director may, on the date on which the Comptroller General submits the assessment information to the Director, prepare and submit to each applicable committee a version of the estimate for the covered bill or joint resolution that includes the assessment. the information as a supplement to the estimate for the covered bill or joint resolution.

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3.

Effective date

The amendment made by this Act shall take effect on the earlier of—

(1)

the date that is 60 days after the date on which the Director of the Office of Management and Budget next, in accordance with section 1122(a) of title 31, United States Code, updates the information made available on the website required under that section; or

(2)

the date on which a new Congress begins after the date that is 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.

Amend the title so as to read: A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to review certain legislation in order to identify potential risks of duplication of and overlap with existing Federal programs, offices, and initiatives. .

September 23, 2019

Reported with amendments and an amendment to the title