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Senate Bill Seeks to Remove 223 Duplicative, Obsolete Agency Reports

Capitol_BuildingSens. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) have introduced a bill that would eliminate or merge approximately 223 outdated or redundant reports that federal agencies produce for Congress.

The bill aims to build on Warner’s Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 that implemented efforts to dispose 53 reports deemed obsolete or duplicative by agencies, Warner’s office said Thursday.

“Too often, Congress requires federal agencies to produce reports that overlap with existing ones, or document programs that no longer exist, aren’t funded, and even programs that have never been funded,” noted Warner.

“American taxpayers deserve a government that doesn’t waste their tax dollars, which means focusing resources on delivering results, not writing reports that are no longer necessary,” Ayotte added.

NASA and the Commerce Department are examples of federal agencies that have been required to submit reports on certain unfunded programs, according to the statement issued by Warner’s office.

Warner’s office provided a list of the 223 government reports that the bill seeks to consolidate or eliminate.

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