The Time is Ripe for Increased Access to Congressional Mandated Reports

Twenty organizations dedicated to transparency and accountability called on Congress to consider the bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (H.R. 1380). The legislation would require any congressionally mandated report that is releasable under the Freedom of Information Act be made available online by the Government Printing Office. The common-sense legislation would create one central and searchable repository for the reports, which are currently difficult to find. and its partners previously endorsed the legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley and described its many benefits here. As we said then:

The Congressionally Mandated Reports Act would make it easier for the public to find information about how well federal agencies are (or are not) fulfilling their respective missions– from ensuring the safety of our drugs and food supply, to protecting the environment,  and monitoring the soundness of our financial institutions– and use it to hold officials accountable for their actions.

We urge Congress to pass the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act to benefit both accountability and transparency.