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*** The House of Representatives passed a bill to require more transparency in federal agencies' congressional budget justifications. The Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2019, which passed by a vote of 402-1, would establish a searchable website for budget justifications across agencies that would be searchable and contained archived materials from past years. The bill also tasks the Office of Management and Budget with keeping a tally of budget justifications that are due and well as those that are submitted.

A Senate version sponsored by Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is pending.

"This bipartisan legislation will help shine a light on government spending practices so that taxpayers can quickly and easily see how their money is being spent," Portman said in a statement. "I applaud the House for passing this important piece of legislation and urge the Senate to bring this legislation up for a vote soon."

*** The General Services Administration awarded a multiyear $9.9 million contract to Deloitte Consulting and Esper, Inc. to provide artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions to assist in regulatory review. The award was made via GSA's Centers of Excellence program.

Posted on Sep 17, 2020 at 2:08 AM


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