GOP Leaders Back Federal Data Transparency Bill

Congressman Darrell Issa House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) have backed a piece of legislation intended to standardize how federal agencies publish spending and other common data, FCW reported Tuesday.

Adam Mazmanian writes the lawmakers argue the proposed amendments to the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act will further open the government to public accountability.

This is the second time in three years that the House is considering changes to the DATA Act, according to FCW.

Cantor plans to schedule the bill to a House vote as soon as the Congressional Budget Office evaluates the legislation.

“Transparency to me means accountability. It means more eyeballs on the way that government operates, on its spending patterns,” Cantor said, according to the report.

A Senate companion bill is set to be discussed at a Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee meeting next month.

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