Wednesday, February 22

Signed Legislation: GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017

H. R. 72

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, 
the third day of January, two thousand and seventeen

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To ensure the Government Accountability Office has adequate access to information.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

This Act may be cited as the “GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017”.


(a) Access To Certain Information.—Subchapter II of chapter 7 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Ҥ 721. Access to certain information
“(a) No provision of the Social Security Act, including section 453(l) of that Act (42 U.S.C. 653(l)), shall be construed to limit, amend, or supersede the authority of the Comptroller General to obtain
any information or to inspect any record under section 716 of this title.

“(b) The specific reference to a statute in subsection (a) shall not be construed to affect access by the Government Accountability Office to information under statutes that are not so referenced.”.

(b) Agency Reports.—Section 720(b) of title 31, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting “or planned” after “action taken”; and

(2) by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

“(1) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives, the congressional committees with jurisdiction over the agency program or activity that is the subject of the recommendation, and the Government Accountability Office before the 61st day after the date of the report; and”.

(c) Authority To Obtain Records.—Section 716 of title 31, United States Code, is amended in subsection (a)—

(1) by striking “(a)” and inserting “(2)”; and

(2) by inserting after the section heading the following:

“(a)(1) The Comptroller General is authorized to obtain such agency records as the Comptroller General requires to discharge the duties of the Comptroller General (including audit, evaluation, and investigative duties), including through the bringing of civil actions under this section. In reviewing a civil action under this section, the court shall recognize the continuing force and effect of the authorization in the preceding sentence until such time as the authorization is repealed pursuant to law.”.

(d) Technical And Conforming Amendment.—The table of sections for chapter 7 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 720 the following:

“721. Access to certain information.”.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and  
President of the Senate.

Bill was Sponsored by: Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] (Introduced 01/03/2017)
Committees: House - Oversight and Government Reform | Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Signed into Law: 01/31/2017 Became Public Law No: 115-3.

Download a PDF of the Bill here

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