H.R.4631 - GSA Act of 2012112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Walsh, Joe [R-IL-8] (Introduced 04/25/2012)|
|Committees:||House - Oversight and Government Reform | Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs|
|Committee Reports:||H. Rept. 112-664|
|Latest Action:||09/12/2012 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.|
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Text: H.R.4631 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Referred in Senate (09/12/2012)
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To amend title 5, United States Code, to institute spending limits and transparency requirements for Federal conference and travel expenditures, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the “Government Spending Accountability Act of 2012” or the “GSA Act of 2012”.
“(1) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF CONFERENCE MATERIALS.—Each agency shall post on the public website of that agency detailed information on any presentation made by any employee of that agency at a conference (except to the extent the head of an agency excludes such information for reasons of national security) including—
“(A) the prepared text of any verbal presentation made; and
“(B) any visual, digital, video, or audio materials presented, including photographs, slides, and audio-visual recordings.
“(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), an agency may not expend more than $500,000 to support a single conference.
“(B) EXCEPTION.—The head of an agency may waive the limitation in subparagraph (A) for a specific conference after making a determination that the expenditure is justified as the most cost-effective option to achieve a compelling purpose. The head of an agency shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on any waiver granted under this subparagraph, including the justification for such waiver.
“(C) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to preclude an agency from receiving financial support or other assistance from a private entity to pay or defray the costs of a conference the total cost of which exceeds $500,000.
“(b) International conference rule.—An agency may not pay the travel expenses for more than 50 employees of that agency who are stationed in the United States, for any international conference, unless the Secretary of State determines that attendance for such employees is in the national interest.
“(c) Report on travel expenses required.—At the beginning of each quarter of each fiscal year, each agency shall post on the public website of that agency a report on each conference for which the agency paid travel expenses during the preceding 3 months that includes—
“(1) the itemized expenses paid by the agency, including travel expenses, and any agency expenditures to otherwise support the conference;
“(2) the primary sponsor of the conference;
“(3) the location of the conference;
“(4) the date of the conference;
“(5) a brief explanation of how the participation of employees from such agency at the conference advanced the mission of the agency;
“(6) the title of any employee, or any individual who is not a Federal employee, whose travel expenses or other conference expenses were paid by the agency;
“(7) the total number of individuals whose travel expenses or other conference expenses were paid by the agency; and
“(A) describes the cost to the agency of selecting the specific conference venue;
“(B) describes why the location was selected, including a justification for such selection;
“(C) demonstrates the cost efficiency of the location;
“(D) provides a cost benefit analysis of holding a conference rather than conducting a teleconference; and
“(E) describes any financial support or other assistance from a private entity used to pay or defray the costs of the conference, and for each case where such support or assistance was used, the head of the agency shall include a certification that there is no conflict of interest resulting from such support or assistance.
“(1) be in a searchable electronic format; and
“(2) remain on that website for at least 5 years after the date of posting.
“(1) AGENCY.—The term ‘agency’ has the meaning given that term under section 5701, but does not include the government of the District of Columbia.
“(A) is held for consultation, education, discussion, or training; and
“(B) is not held entirely at a Government facility.
“(A) the Government of the United States; and
“(B) any foreign government, international organization, or foreign nongovernmental organization.”.
“5712. Limits and transparency for conference and travel spending.”.
(1) IN GENERAL.—In the case of each of fiscal years 2013 through 2017, an agency (as defined under section 5712(e) of title 5, United States Code, as added by subsection (a)) may not make, or obligate to make, expenditures for travel expenses, in an aggregate amount greater than 70 percent of the aggregate amount of such expenses for fiscal year 2010.
(A) RESPONSIBILITIES.—Not later than December 31, 2012, and after consultation with the Administrator of General Services and the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall establish guidelines for the determination of what expenses constitute travel expenses for purposes of this subsection. The guidelines shall identify specific expenses, and classes of expenses, that are to be treated as travel expenses.
(B) EXEMPTION FOR MILITARY TRAVEL.—The guidelines required under subparagraph (A) shall exclude military travel expenses in determining what expenses constitute travel expenses. Military travel expenses shall include travel expenses involving military combat, the training or deployment of uniformed military personnel, and such other travel expenses as determined by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Administrator of General Services and the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.
Passed the House of Representatives September 11, 2012.
|Attest:||karen l. haas,|