House Passes Bill To Boost Federal Spending Transparency

Law360, New York (April 25, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT) -- In the wake of a U.S. General Services Administration spending scandal, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, advancing a bipartisan bill that would boost transparency of government spending while reining in agencies' travel and conference costs.

The bill's author, House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa, R-Calif., introduced a new version of a bill last week, adding provisions that capped federal spending on conferences at $500,000 and limited agency travel expenses to 20 percent less than 2010 levels. Issa...
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