IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 9, 2021
Ms. Ernst (for herself, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Braun) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to submit to Congress an annual report on projects that are over budget and behind schedule, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Billion Dollar Boondoggle Act of 2021.
In this section—
the term covered agency means—
an Executive agency, as defined in section 105 of title 5, United States Code; and
an independent regulatory agency, as defined in section 3502 of title 44, United States Code;
the term covered project means a project funded by a covered agency—
that is more than 5 years behind schedule; or
for which the amount spent on the project is not less than $1,000,000,000 more than the original cost estimate for the project; and
the term project means a major acquisition, a major defense acquisition program (as defined in section 2430 of title 10, United States Code), a procurement, a construction project, a remediation or clean-up effort, or any other time-limited endeavor, that is not funded through direct spending (as defined in section 250(c) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 900(c)).
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall issue guidance requiring covered agencies to include, on an annual basis in a report described in paragraph (2) of section 3516(a) of title 31, United States Code, or a consolidated report described in paragraph (1) of such section, information relating to each covered project of the covered agency, which shall include—
a brief description of the covered project, including—
the purpose of the covered project;
each location in which the covered project is carried out;
the contract or award number of the covered project, where applicable;
the year in which the covered project was initiated;
the Federal share of the total cost of the covered project; and
each primary contractor, subcontractor, grant recipient, and subgrantee recipient of the covered project;
an explanation of any change to the original scope of the covered project, including by the addition or narrowing of the initial requirements of the covered project;
the original expected date for completion of the covered project;
the current expected date for completion of the covered project;
the original cost estimate for the covered project, as adjusted to reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics;
the current cost estimate for the covered project, as adjusted to reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics;
an explanation for a delay in completion or an increase in the original cost estimate for the covered project, including, where applicable, any impact of insufficient or delayed appropriations; and
the amount of and rationale for any award, incentive fee, or other type of bonus, if any, awarded for the covered project.