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Full House Approves Bill Aimed to Strengthen GAO

GAObuildingBy a 408-0 vote Monday night, the House approved legislation intended to give the Government Accountability Office more access to sensitive information in federal agencies and the ability to make copies of records.

The GAO Improvement Act would also allow GAO to place witnesses under oath for some investigations, GovExec reports.

Eric Katz writes the previous Congress included several provisions of the bill in the DATA Act and those provisions moved through the House but died in the Senate.

Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), respectively chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, co-sponsored the GAO Improvement Act, Katz writes.

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