Earl L. Carter (Republican – GA) introduced H.R. 72 on January 3, 2017. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, but motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill by Agreed voice vote was enacted.  The bill was then received in the Senate and read twice, then passed along to the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs which discharged the bill by unanimous consent. It was passed in the Senate by a 99-0 vote, and was presented to the President on January 23, 2017.


The bill was signed by the President into law on January 31, 2017. The Bill is now Public Law 115-3. 


There are no amendments.


This bill authorizes the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to obtain federal agency records required to discharge the GAO’s duties (including audit, evaluation, and investigative duties), including through bringing civil actions to require an agency to produce a record.

No provision of the Social Security Act shall be construed to limit, amend, or supersede the GAO’s authority to: (1) obtain information or inspect records about an agency’s duties, powers, activities, organization, or financial transactions; or (2) obtain other agency records that the GAO requires to discharge its duties.

Agency statements on actions taken or planned in response to GAO recommendations must be submitted to: (1) the congressional committees with jurisdiction over the pertinent agency program or activity, and (2) the GAO.


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