House Passes Bill To Expand GAO Litigation Power

Law360, New York (January 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to give the U.S. comptroller general — head of the Government Accountability Office — explicit authority to pursue litigation against agencies that withhold critical information, as well as increase the GAO's ability to access government records.

The Government Accountability Office Improvement Act of 2009, sponsored by House Oversight Committee chairman Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., passed by a two-thirds majority voice vote on Wednesday.

The bill takes direct aim at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia's...
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