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House Proceeding 12-14-09 on Dec 14th, 2009 :: 0:44:10 to 0:47:40
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Judy Biggert

0:44:06 to 0:44:27( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: supporting s. 303. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, biggert. miss-- mrs. biggert: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. madam speaker, this bill will bring some much need transparency to the federal government.

Judy Biggert

0:44:10 to 0:47:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Judy Biggert

Judy Biggert

0:44:28 to 0:44:48( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: senate 303 re-authorizes and improves the federal financial assistance management act of 19 99 which sought to simplify the application and reporting requirements for federal grants. it requires the agencies to develop a strategy plan for streamlining federal grant processes and it codifies

Judy Biggert

0:44:49 to 0:45:10( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert:, the federal government's one-stop shop for grant announcements and application submission. s. 303's new requirements driven by g.a.o. assessment reporting that o.m.b. and federal agencies have made modest progress towards standardizing grant announcements and applications. the government has developed a

Judy Biggert

0:45:11 to 0:45:31( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: standard format for grant announcements. begins consolidating grant management systems and sets up a website. however it so far has failed to develop a common system for full-scale application management and reporting for financial assistance. madam speaker, i apreeshyamente chairman town's willingness to work with us to

Judy Biggert

0:45:32 to 0:45:52( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: language from h.r. 2392, the government information transparency act, which was introduced by ranking member issa. the provisions that were incorporated from the ranking member's bill will enhance the collection analysis and dissemination of business and financial information by the federal government through the use of a single data standard.

Judy Biggert

0:45:53 to 0:46:14( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: currently the federal government mandates the closure of large amounts of information and -- in a multitude of ways. the format will be more transparent and animalized and critiqued by the public, media, and community. in addition it will require grt applications and reports to bmade public and prepared

Judy Biggert

0:46:15 to 0:46:35( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: according to a single consistent data standard. for the first time watchdog groups, journalists, and ordinary citizens will be able to see for themselves the promises and projections that grant applicants make in order to receive taxpayer and then hold them directly accountable.

Judy Biggert

0:46:36 to 0:46:57( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: a watchdog group publicizing waste or abuse of taxpayer money could put up a blue dog -- blog post linking directly to applications and reports saying how the money has been spent a citizen news reporter searching for the name after mpany might discover the company had received taxpayer money to complete a local infrastructure proct.

Judy Biggert

0:46:58 to 0:47:19( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: and be ablele to hold the company directly accountable for the use of public funds. information about the amount of money requested, the amount of money spent, and progress on taxpayer funded projects be computed automatically and easily. turps could determine how much grant money -- taxpayers could be determined -- could determine how much grant money

Judy Biggert

0:47:20 to 0:47:40( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: has been awarded and automatically compare performance of different grant recipients and recognize disparities. madam speaker, i want to thank chairman towns and his staff for working with the republicans on this important legislation by incorporating bipartisan language to increase transparency in the federal government. i also want to commend senator voinovich for his hard work on this bill.

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