H.Res. 701: H.R. 928 - Improving Government Accountability Act

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday October 2, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 216 - 192 on Wednesday October 3, 2007.

MANAGERS:SUTTON/SESSIONS

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES. 701

[Report No. 110-358]

 

H.R. 928 - Improving Government Accountability Act

  1. Structured rule.
  2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  5. All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived except for clause 10 of rule XXI.  This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).
  6. No amendments shall be in order except those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  7. Provides that the amendments made in order in the report may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.
  8. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  9. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  10.  Provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.

 

RESOLUTION

             Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 928) to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 to enhance the independence of the Inspectors General, to create a Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and for other purposes.  The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with.  All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule.  It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now printed in the bill.  The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read.  All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI.  Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution.  Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.  All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted.  Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.  The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

            Sec. 2.  During consideration in the House of H.R. 928 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to such time as may be designated by the Speaker.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

 

1. Conyers (MI), #4, The amendment would provide that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General is not required to refer to the Counsel of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) of DOJ, allegations of misconduct involving DOJ attorneys and related personnel where the allegations relate to the exercise of the authority of an attorney to investigate, litigate, or provide legal advice.  (10 minutes)

2. Davis, Tom (VA), #5, The amendment would revise section 3 (“direct submission of budget requests to Congress”) by striking language authorizing all IGs to independently submit their office’s budget requests to Congress, separate and apart from the President’s budget submission, and inserting language requiring IGs to notify Congress only if the budget request submitted by the agency would “substantially inhibit the Inspector General from performing the duties of the office.” (10 minutes)

3. Miller, Brad (NC), #2, The amendment would add additional reasons for which an IG may be removed from office, make certain changes to make the statute conform to existing Executive Orders, and require an annual report by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency on the activities of its Integrity Committee. (10 minutes)

4. Miller, Brad (NC), #3, (REVISED)  The amendment would establish a committee of Inspectors General of the Inspectors General Council to review the qualifications of nominees and final candidates for the position of Inspector General in all government establishments and entities to determine whether they meet the integrity and professional qualifications for the position established by the Inspector General Act. The committee would also be required to report back to the relevant Senate committee or federal appointing entity. (10 minutes)

5. Gillibrand (NY), #6, The amendment would require that each federal agency website has a direct link to the website of the Office of Inspector General for that agency, that the Inspector General of each agency posts all reports and audits online within one day of being made publicly available, and that all Inspector General websites facilitate the individual, anonymous reporting of waste, fraud and abuse. (10 minutes)