Committee Passes Twelve Bills With Bipartisan Support

Published: Jul 22, 2015

WASHINGTON— Today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a mark up to consider six pieces of legislation along with six postal naming bills. The following actions were taken by the Committee:

H.R. 598, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act (Rep. Walberg, R-MI):

  • Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) offered an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) which was agreed to by voice vote and the bill was reported favorably to the House.
  • Requires agencies to report detailed cost and performance information on programs to OMB for a government-wide program inventory.
  • The bill, as reported, accommodates concerns about cost and feasibility raised by OMB.

 

H.R. 2320, the Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015 (Rep. Mulvaney, R-SC):

  • Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) offered an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) which was agreed to by voice vote and the bill was reported favorably to the House.
  • Expands access to the Do Not Pay Initiative to States and the Judicial and Legislative branches and requires Treasury to report on the data analytical capabilities of the Do Not Pay Business Center.
  • The bill, as reported, reflects technical amendments offered by OMB.

 

H.R. 3089, the Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act (Rep. Walberg, R-MI):

  • Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) offered an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) which was agreed to by voice vote and the bill was reported favorably to the House.
  • Requires agency heads to work with the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit a report to Congress and the Secretary that lists all of the covered grants in the federal government, recommends which grants should be closed out, and explains why each grant has not been closed out.
  • The bill, as reported, clarifies that agencies are to send their reports on grant close outs toHHS, which will ultimately report on this information to Congress, rather than have each agency send its own report to Congress and makes other technical changes to clarify the intent of the bill.

 

H.R. 1613, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015 (Rep. Huizenga, R-MI):

  • The bill was approved by voice vote and reported favorably to the House.
  • Requires the heads of federal agencies to encourage vehicle maintenance staff to use remanufactured vehicle components where such components will reduce maintenance costs.

 

  1. 136, the Gold Star Fathers Act of 2015(Sen. Wyden, D-OR):
  • The bill was approved by voice vote and reported favorably to the House.
  • Under current law, mothers of certain deceased or permanently disabled veterans receive preference in appointments for civil service positions.  S. 136 expands that preference to include fathers and unmarried parents—along with those who are widowed, divorced or legally separated.

 

H.R. 3116, the Quarterly Financial Report Reauthorization Act (Rep. Lieu, D-CA):

  • The bill was approved by voice vote and reported favorably to the House.
  • Allows the Census Bureau to continue conducting the quarterly financial report survey for 15 years, through September 2030.

 

The Committee also passed the following postal naming bills by unanimous consent:

 H.R. 322, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 16105 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield, Missouri, as the “Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher Post Office” (Rep. Wagner, R-MO);

H.R. 323, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 55 Grasso Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri, as the “Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson Post Office” (Rep. Wagner, R-MO);

H.R. 324, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11662 Gravois Road in St. Louis, Missouri, as the “Lt. Daniel P. Riordan Post Office” (Rep. Wagner, R-MO);

H.R. 558, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 55 South Pioneer Boulevard in Springboro, Ohio, as the “Richard ‘Dick’ Chenault Post Office” (Rep. Chabot, R-OH);

H.R. 1884, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 206 West Commercial Street in East Rochester, New York, as the “Officer Daryl R. Pierson Memorial Post Office”(Rep. Slaughter, D-    NY);

H.R. 3059, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4500 SE 28th Street, Del City, Oklahoma, as the “James Robert Kalsu Post Office” (Rep. Russell, R-OK).