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Introduced in Senate (03/15/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 651


To require the posting online of certain government contracts.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 15, 2017

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


A BILL

To require the posting online of certain government contracts.

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 “Contractor Accountability and Transparency Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Requirement to post government contracts online.

(a) In general.—Section 2 of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–282; 31 U.S.C. 6101) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsections (f) and (g) as subsections (g) and (h), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after subsection (e) the following new subsection:

“(f) Posting of contracts.—

“(1) COVERED CONTRACT DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term ‘covered contract’ means any contract, subcontract, purchase order, task order, or delivery order for the procurement of property or services with a value greater than the simplified acquisition threshold (as defined in section 134 of title 41, United States Code).

“(2) POSTING REQUIREMENT.—The website established under this section shall include a machine readable, searchable copy of each covered contract entered into by a Federal agency after the date of the enactment of this subsection. The copy shall be posted not later than 30 days after the agency enters into the contract.

“(3) EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN INFORMATION.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C), the contractor providing property or services under a covered contract posted pursuant to this subsection may request to redact from such contract any national security sensitive or classified information or trade secrets or other proprietary information.

“(B) FINAL DETERMINATION BY CONTRACTING OFFICIAL.—The contracting official of the Federal agency awarding the covered contract shall determine the extent to which redaction of material under subparagraph (A) is appropriate and permissible in accordance with guidance issued by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“(C) FOIA REQUIREMENTS.—An agency may not redact from a contract posted pursuant to this subsection any information that would be required to be made available to the public under section 552 of title 5, United States Code.”.