House Passes Contractor and Federal Spending Accountability Act


From Danielle at POGO:

Breaking news: the House has just passed H.R. 3033 (the "Contractor and Federal Spending Accountability Act"). The bill, introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), would essentially formalize POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database by establishing a government database with centralized information on federal contractors who have broken the law and violated federal regulations. As of now, there are almost no safeguards in place to prevent irresponsible contractors from receiving future taxpayer dollars. The proposed database would allow procurement officials to become more informed about a company’s corporate history before making contracting decisions.

This is a huge victory for taxpayers that will improve contractor accountability. POGO strongly supported Rep. Maloney’s legislation, which now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has already introduced a companion bill.