Senate votes to lighten GAO workload

In a reversal of the common increases to workload, the Government Accountability Office may soon have some of its duties lightened.

The Senate decided Sept. 22 it would be best to take off eight audits off GAO’s chore list because they're either outdated or not worth the trouble. For example, GAO audits the Senate Preservation Fund, but it costs more to do the audit than the fund spends in a year.

The Senate has unanimously approved the GAO Mandates Revision Act  (S. 3315).

Mainly, the bill would give GAO more time to focus on what Congress needs now and save a few dollars.

“That’s why it is so important that we don’t weigh down this research powerhouse,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who introduced the bill.

The bill now goes to the House for its consideration.

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