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Quigley, Comer Bipartisan Legislation Making Congressional Reports Publicly Available Passes House

Jul 26, 2021
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, and James Comer (KY-01), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, praised the unanimous House passage of their bipartisan, bicameral Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA), which will create a single website where Congress and the public can easily search, sort, and download all agency reports to Congress.

“Transparency doesn’t just mean making information public. It also means making sure the public can actually access the information. In our age of technological advancement, there is no excuse for not making public, non-confidential agency reports easily accessible. I’m proud to have championed this legislation over the years and I urge my Senate colleagues to adopt this commonsense legislation and improve government transparency,” said Quigley.

“Transparency is key to ensuring the American people can hold the federal government accountable, but today the process for finding congressionally mandated federal reports is tedious and time consuming. These reports must be housed in one central location for the public and Congress to access. With today’s House passage of the Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, that website is one step closer to becoming reality. I appreciate Congressman Quigley’s partnership in working to make our government more transparent and accountable through this legislation. I look forward to the Senate considering and passing this commonsense bill in order to make it easier for the American people to hold their government accountable,” said Comer.

Each year, federal agencies submit thousands of legally mandated reports to Congress intended to help Senators, Representatives, and Committees understand how effectively federal agencies are fulfilling their missions and policy obligations. These reports cover a range of topics, including the status of implementing new programs or legislative requirements, updates on agency efforts to combat waste and fraud, and information on specific agency missions—such as ensuring the safety of our drugs and food supply, protecting the environment, and more. Unfortunately, many of these reports are only seen by Congressional Committees, or they appear in scattered posts, in inconsistent locations, or on dozens of agency websites.

ACMRA will establish a searchable central website for the public to access any report that has been mandated by Congress. Quigley first introduced the ACMRA in 2011 and has re-introduced it every Congress since.