Senate Advances Slate of Oversight Bills

Published: Dec 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Early Saturday, the United States Senate advanced numerous pieces of legislation championed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. These bills now head to President Obama for his signature to become law.

The following bills were passed:

H.R. 4465, the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of 2016 (Rep. Denham, R-CA);

  • Establishes the Public Buildings Reform Board, a six-year board for identifying opportunities for cost savings and deficit reduction by reducing the federal government’s inventory of civilian real property.

H.R. 5687, the GAO Mandates Revision Act of 2016 (Rep. Hice, R-GA);

  • Eliminates or reduces the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) obligation to conduct eight statutorily-required audits that GAO and the relevant congressional committees believe are either no longer necessary, or necessary on a less frequent basis.

H.R. 5790, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2016 (Rep. Chaffetz, R-UT);

  • Clarifies Congress’s intent to protect FBI whistleblowers who make disclosures to managers and supervisors in their chain of command, bringing the agency in line with most others in the federal government.

H.R. 6450, the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016 (Rep. Chaffetz, R-UT);

  • Clarifies Congress’s intent for inspectors general (IGs) to have complete access to the information and materials they need to identify waste, fraud, and abuse at the agency they oversee; enhances the IGs’ tools for obtaining evidence to support their investigations and to identify and prevent improper or fraudulent payments.

H.R. 6451, the Federal Property Management Reform Act of 2016 (Rep. Denham, R-CA);

  • Codifies the Federal Real Property Council and increases reporting requirements related to real property for federal agencies; requires U.S. Postal Service to better manage property and to consider collocating other agencies at its facilities.

Additionally, the following U.S. Post Office naming bills passed:

H.R. 3218, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1221 State Street, Suite 12, Santa Barbara, California, as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building” (Rep. Capps, D-CA).

H.R. 4887, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 23323 Shelby Road in Shelby, Indiana, as the “Richard Allen Cable Post Office” (Rep. Visclosky, D-IN).

H.R. 5150, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3031 Veterans Road West in Staten Island, New York, as the “Leonard Montalto Post Office Building” (Rep. Donovan, R-NY).

H.R. 5309, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 McElroy Drive in Oxford, Mississippi, as the “Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Carwile Post Office Building” (Rep. Kelly, R-MS).

H.R. 5356, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14231 TX-150 in Coldspring, Texas, as the “E. Marie Youngblood Post Office” (Rep. Brady, R-TX).

H.R. 5591, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 810 N US Highway 83 in Zapata, Texas, as the “Zapata Veterans Post Office” (Rep. Cuellar, D-TX).

H.R. 5676, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6300 N. Northwest Highway in Chicago, Illinois, as the “Officer Joseph P. Cali Post Office Building” (Rep. Quigley, D-IL).

H.R. 5798, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Davis Street in Evanston, Illinois, as the “Abner J. Mikva Post Office Building” (Rep. Schakowsky, D-IL).

H.R. 5889, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Chalan Kanoa VLG in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, as the “Segundo T. Sablan and CNMI Fallen Military Heroes Post Office Building” (Rep. Sablan, D-MP).

H.R. 5612, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2886 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, Georgia, as the “Marine Lance Corporal Squire ‘Skip’ Wells Post Office Building” (Rep. Price, R-GA).

H.R. 5948, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 830 Kuhn Drive in Chula Vista, California, as the “Jonathan ‘J.D.’ De Guzman Post Office Building” (Rep. Davis, D-CA).

H.R. 6138, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 560 East Pleasant Valley Road, Port Hueneme, California, as the “U.S. Naval Construction Battalion ‘Seabees’ Fallen Heroes Post Office Building” (Rep. Brownley, D-CA).

H.R. 6282, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2024 Jerome Avenue, in Bronx, New York, as the “Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Post Office Building” (Rep. Serrano, D-NY).

H.R. 6304, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 North Main Street in Florence, Arizona, as the “Adolfo ‘Harpo’ Celaya Post Office” (Rep. Gosar, R-AZ).

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