Maloney Floor Statement on H.R. 2146, the DATA Act

Apr 25, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney made the following statement in support of H.R. 2146, the the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act during floor debate on the legislation today:

Mr. Speaker,
I rise in strong support of HR 2146, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, good government, bipartisan legislation that we can all agree on.

This bill will improve Congressional oversight of how federal dollars are being spent.  The bill does this by creating a single online portal where information about federal spending can be tracked.

HR 2146 requires recipients of federal grants, loans, and contracts to disclose how much money they receive and how that money is spent and reduces the compliance burden on recipients of federal funds by streamlining reporting and establishing universal data standards.

The Congressional Budget Office has certified that “HR 2146 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in UMRA and would impose no costs on state, local or tribal governments.”

The DATA Act capitalizes on the reporting required under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and President Obama’s Executive Order establishing the Government Accountability and Transparency Board, and it will give legislative teeth to increased transparency and accountability over federal spending across government.

The DATA Act also caps non-military travel spending at 20% below FY10 levels, and limits both the number of and amount spent on agency conferences which will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

I encourage my colleagues to support transparency and accountability and vote for the DATA Act.