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Monday
Jun132011

Issa Introduces Federal Spending Transparency Reforms

Republicans.Oversight.House.gov(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives' top cop, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., introduced legislation Monday that he says will increase transparency and digitally track federal spending.

Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and a staunch government transparency advocate, explains that at a time when Americans are concerned with how their money is being spent, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) will provide simpler access and more awareness for the public to track government spending.

“Incompatible technologies, inaccurate data and a lack of common standards impede transparency. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act will revolutionize the accessibility of government information,” Issa says.

To combat the tracking and transparency issue, DATA will establish a single electronic platform consisting of financial information reported by agencies and information reported by recipients.

The Federal Accountability and Spending Transparency Board (FAST Board) will permanently succeed the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (Recovery Board) and track federal spending including grants, contracts, loans and agencies’ internal expenses.

The legislation would establish consistent standards for reporting spending data across government agencies. Lastly, the legislation will eliminate the current spending reports and databases (USAspending.gov, Recovery.gov, Consolidated Federal Funds Report) and replace them with a single platform by combining the current systems.

In November, Issa met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss spending transparency. In a statement Monday responding to Biden’s announcement of a White House executive order on transparency in federal spending, Issa says, “We are on the same page on the goals we want to achieve.”

Issa also says that the vice president mentioned that several House and Senate leaders in both parties have a shared goal to develop a “transparent and accountable government.”

On Tuesday, Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney will testify before the committee at a hearing examining federal spending and potential solutions proposed in the new legislation.

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Tuesday
Dec212010

Census Moves 12 Congressional Districts

Photo Courtesy - Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Census data released Tuesday led to a seismic shift in the allocation of Congressional seats, with Republican-leaning Sun Belt states gaining seats and Democratic-leaning Rust Belt states losing.

Every 10 years, after the census gauges population shifts, government officials divvy up the nation's 435 seats in Congress. This year's census data resulted in a shift of 12 seats across 18 different states.

As demographic and redistricting experts predicted, Texas was the big winner, picking up four new House seats and capping seven consecutive decades of gains. The state now has a total of 36 seats.

Florida was second with two more seats, with the smaller Sun Belt states of Georgia, South Carolina, Arizona, Utah and Nevada picking up one each, and northwest Washington grabbing one as well. All but one of the gaining states have a Republican governor, implying long-term damage to Democrats for future elections.

The biggest losers were in the Northeast and Midwest, with New York and Ohio losing two seats each. Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania each lost one.

The congressional gains also mean a change in Electoral College votes. If the 2008 Presidential election had been held with the newly reapportioned Congress, President Obama would have gotten six fewer electoral votes; the growth was primarily in states that favored his opponent, John McCain.

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