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Introduced in Senate (03/22/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 664

To require reports by Federal Government entities regarding responses to Inspector General recommendations on potential cost-saving measures or on reimbursement for poor contractor performance, cost overruns, or other reasons, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 22, 2013

Mrs. Shaheen (for herself and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


A BILL

To require reports by Federal Government entities regarding responses to Inspector General recommendations on potential cost-saving measures or on reimbursement for poor contractor performance, cost overruns, or other reasons, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Government Contractor Accountability Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Reports by Federal entities on responses to Inspector General recommendations on potential cost-saving measures or reimbursement for poor contractor performance, cost overruns, or other reasons.

(a) Reports.—

(1) FAILURES TO RESPOND, NON-CONCURS, AND PARTIAL CONCURS.—Not later than 30 days after the end of the 60-day period for an audited establishment to respond to a covered final audit report submitted to the establishment by an Inspector General under section 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), or by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, or any other Inspector General under applicable law, or 30 days after the establishment responds to a covered audit report with a non-concur or partial concur response, the head of the establishment shall submit to Congress a report with an explanation for the failure to respond or the non-concur or partial concur response.

(2) FULL CONCURS.—Not later than 180 days after an establishment responds to a covered audit report submitted to the establishment by an Inspector General under section 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978, or by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, or any other Inspector General under applicable law, with a full concur response, the head of the establishment shall submit to Congress a report with a description of the status of any open or pending recommendations from the Inspector General, including any actions taken to implement the recommendations.

(b) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) COVERED FINAL AUDIT REPORT.—The term “covered final audit report” means a final audit report issued by an Inspector General under the Inspector General Act of 1978 or other applicable law that includes a recommendation for an establishment to implement cost-saving measures or to seek reimbursement for failure by a contractor or subcontractor to successfully complete a contract due to poor contractor performance, cost-overruns, or other reasons that would, if implemented, result in at least $2,000,000 in savings.

(2) ESTABLISHMENT.—The term “establishment” has the meaning given that term in section 12 of the Inspector General Act of 1978, except that the term also includes the following:

(A) The Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

(B) The Central Intelligence Agency.

(C) The Architect of the Capitol.

(D) The Government Accountability Office.

(E) The Government Printing Office.

(F) The Library of Congress.

(3) HEAD OF ESTABLISHMENT.—The term “head of establishment” has the meaning given that term in section 12 of the Inspector General Act of 1978, except that the term also includes the following:

(A) The Director of National Intelligence.

(B) The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

(C) The Architect of the Capitol.

(D) The Comptroller General of the United States.

(E) The Public Printer.

(F) The Librarian of Congress.