H.R.3308 - Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2014113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7] (Introduced 10/22/2013)|
|Committees:||House - Oversight and Government Reform | Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs|
|Committee Reports:||H. Rept. 113-358|
|Latest Action:||02/27/2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.|
This bill has the status Passed House
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Text: H.R.3308 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Referred in Senate (02/27/2014)
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To require a Federal agency to include language in certain educational and advertising materials indicating that such materials are produced and disseminated at taxpayer expense.
This Act may be cited as the “Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2014”.
(a) Requirement To identify funding source for communication funded by Federal agency.—Each communication funded by a Federal agency that is an advertisement, or that provides information about any Federal Government program, benefit, or service, shall clearly state—
(1) in the case of a printed communication, including mass mailings, signs, and billboards, that the communication is printed or published at taxpayer expense; and
(2) in the case of a communication transmitted through radio, television, the Internet, or any means other than the means referred to in paragraph (1), that the communication is produced or disseminated at taxpayer expense.
(A) be of sufficient type size to be clearly readable by the recipient of the communication;
(B) to the extent feasible, be contained in a printed box set apart from the other contents of the communication; and
(C) to the extent feasible, be printed with a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background and the printed statement.
(A) AUDIO COMMUNICATION.—Any audio communication described in subsection (a)(2) shall include an audio statement that communicates the information required under that subsection in a clearly spoken manner.
(i) that is conveyed in a clearly spoken manner;
(ii) that is conveyed by a voice-over or screen view of the person making the statement; and
(iii) to the extent feasible, that also appears in writing at the end of the communication in a clearly readable manner with a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background and the printed statement, for a period of at least 4 seconds.
(i) is of sufficient type size to be clearly readable by the recipient of the communication;
(ii) is set apart from the other contents of the communication; and
(iii) includes a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background and the printed statement.
(c) Identification of other funding source for certain communications.—In the case of a communication funded entirely by user fees, by any other source that does not include Federal funds, or by a combination of such fees or other source, a Federal agency may apply the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) by substituting “by the United States Government” for “at taxpayer expense”.
(1) FEDERAL AGENCY.—The term “Federal agency” has the meaning given the term “Executive agency” in section 133 of title 41, United States Code.
(2) MASS MAILING.—The term “mass mailing” means any mailing or distribution of 499 or more newsletters, pamphlets, or other printed matter with substantially identical content, whether such matter is deposited singly or in bulk, or at the same time or different times, except that such term does not include any mailing—
(A) in direct response to a communication from a person to whom the matter is mailed; or
(B) of a news release to the communications media.
(e) Source of funds.—The funds used by a Federal agency to carry out this Act shall be derived from amounts made available to the agency for advertising, or for providing information about any Federal Government program, benefit, or service.
(f) Effective date.—This section shall apply only to communications printed or otherwise produced after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall develop and issue guidance on implementing the requirements of this Act.
(a) Judicial review.—There shall be no judicial review of compliance or noncompliance with any provision of this Act.
(b) Enforceability.—No provision of this Act shall be construed to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any administrative or judicial action.
Passed the House of Representatives February 26, 2014.
|Attest:||karen l. haas,|