Committee Approves Portman’s Bipartisan Bill to Improve Transparency of Federal Spending
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved his bipartisan Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2019 favorably out of committee. Portman introduced this bipartisan bill with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to make information about how the federal government is spending taxpayer dollars more accessible to taxpayers. The legislation will improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to publish easily understandable justifications for their budget requests on a single, central website each year. Congressional budget justifications are plain-language explanations of how agencies propose to spend money that they request from Congressional appropriators. The materials would also be posted on each agency’s website. The legislation now awaits action on the Senate floor.
“Ohioans and all Americans should be able easily evaluate how the federal government is spending their hard-earned tax dollars,” said Portman. “This bipartisan legislation will improve federal government transparency by requiring federal agencies to publish their annual budget justifications on a centralized website. I’m proud that the committee approved this important legislation and I hope the full Senate will pass it soon.”
NOTE: The Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act would amend the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to require that agency budget justifications be made publicly available on a centralized, searchable website, as well as each agency’s own website. It also requires OMB to keep an updated list of agencies that are expected to submit budget justifications, the date of submission to Congress, the date the justification is posted online, and a link to the materials online.