The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday passed 12 bills focusing on a variety of agency management issues. Along with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, the committee signed off on:
H.R. 1104, the Federal Advisory Committee Reform Act: Requires agencies not to consider political affiliation when appointing FACA members, to minimize conflicts of interest and requires agency leaders have an open and public nomination process. Agency ethics officers also must review committee members. FACA members are limited to two years.
H.R. 313, the Government Spending Accountability Act: Would cap federal non-military travel spending and require detailed itemized report of federal conference spending. The committee accepted an amendment that would require an agency head to issue a waiver for international conferences that would exceed the attendance cap, and an amendment to establish a minimum threshold for detailed conference reporting.
H.R. 328, the Excess Federal Buildings and Property Disposal Act: Creates a five-year pilot program that expedites the disposal of the most profitable properties, by removing red tape and increasing transparency through creating an online database for all property owned by the federal government. Additionally, the bill would permanently modernize the existing disposal process by reducing administrative overhead, creating new agency incentives and requiring greater accountability from federal agencies.