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S. 2178 - Inspector General Recommendation Transparency Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-05-23
Bill Status: Passed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S2885; text: CR S2885)
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2178


AN ACT

    To require the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency to make open recommendations of Inspectors General publicly available, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Inspector General Recommendation Transparency Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Inspector General open recommendations.

(a) In general.—The Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) is amended—

(1) in section 5—

(A) in subsection (a)—

(i) in paragraph (2), by inserting “the total number and” before “a description of”; and

(ii) by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following:

“(3) the total number of open recommendations described in previous semiannual reports on which corrective action has not been completed, and an identification of each open recommendation, which shall include—

“(A) the title of each report in which an open recommendation was issued;

“(B) the assigned number of each open recommendation, as designated within a report described in subparagraph (A);

“(C) a short description of each open recommendation;

“(D) the date on which each open recommendation was submitted in final form to the head of the establishment;

“(E) if available, any cost savings if the corrective action with respect to the open recommendation were completed; and

“(F) any other information as determined appropriate by the Inspector General that clarifies the progress of implementing the open recommendation or the expected timeframe for implementation.”; and

(B) in subsection (f)—

(i) paragraph (6)(B), by striking “and” at the end;

(ii) in paragraph (7)(B), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(iii) by adding at the end the following:

“(8) the term ‘open recommendation’ means a recommendation—

“(A) issued by an Inspector General of an establishment and made publicly available;

“(B) on which corrective action has not been completed by the establishment during the 1-year period following the date on which the recommendation was issued; and

“(C) that has not been otherwise closed by the Office.”; and

(2) in section 11(c), by adding at the end the following:

“(5) ESTABLISHMENT OF DATABASE.—Not later than 18 months after the date on which the first semiannual report is required to be prepared under section 5(a) after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Council shall establish and operate a publicly available database that—

“(A) is accessible via the website of the Council in a standardized, searchable format; and

“(B) includes—

“(i) the information on open recommendations that is required to be included in each semiannual report under section 5(a)(3); and

“(ii) any other information as determined necessary by the Council.

“(6) SUBMISSION OF REPORTS.—Beginning not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this paragraph, each Inspector General of an establishment or a designated Federal entity (as defined in section 8G(a)) shall, not later than 30 days after the date on which the Inspector General issues a public report, submit to the Council the report for publication on a centralized website.”.

(b) Application.—The amendments made by subsection (a)(1) shall apply with respect to the first semiannual report prepared under section 5(a) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) after the date that is 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.

Passed the Senate May 23, 2018.

Attest:





Secretary  


115th CONGRESS
     2d Session
S. 2178

AN ACT
    To require the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency to make open recommendations of Inspectors General publicly available, and for other purposes.

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