The Digital Accountability & Transparency Act would allow taxpayers to track government spending at single website
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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., continued her efforts to increase government transparency and accountability of taxpayer money Monday, April 28, by supporting the bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act.
“Every year, report after report is cranked out concluding the same thing – too many federal government programs are inefficient, costly, ineffective or all of the above And yet every year, these conclusions are largely ignored and as a consequence, billions of dollars are wasted while many programs continue to operate without concrete goals or standards for success,”
Bustos said.“To help reduce our deficit and get our fiscal house in order, the bipartisan legislation I supported today will allow us to track federal spending on one website.
“This will serve as a helpful tool for both taxpayers and policy makers as we continue to look for common sense and bipartisan ways to protect taxpayers from waste, fraud and abuse of their hard-earned money.”
The DATA Act would improve and expand federal fiscal accountability by requiring more standardized reporting of federal spending posted to a single website, allowing citizens and agencies to more easily identify improper payments, waste and fraud. The measure passed the Senate earlier this month.
Bustos has advocated for bipartisan approaches to cutting government spending and reducing the deficit in a balanced way that does not harm working families.
The includes her Government Waste Reduction Act, aimed at billions of dollars in government waste to ensure government programs are more economical, efficient, and effective. She also partnered with Illinois’ Republican Sen. Mark Kirk to put forth the Government Transformation Act that would cut duplicative services and root out waste in government.
This bill was incorporated into No Labels Make Government Work legislative package.
Last fall, Bustos led an effort with U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-New York, to stop paying tax dollars to deceased people. Supported by more than 65 members of the House of Representatives, the Improper Payments Agency Cooperation Enhancement (IPACE) Act curbs improper payments to the deceased and could potentially save the government from wasting billions in taxpayer money.