WASHINGTON — A bill sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill that cuts government waste by standardizing information-sharing among federal agencies has been signed into law by President Donald Trump.
The GAO Access and Oversight Act allows the the top federal watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, full access to a database that tracks potential waste and fraud in many of the government’s largest programs, as well as allowing states to aggressively pursue child support payments.
The database, which contains information on recent job hires, was created by Congress in 1996 primarily to assist state-level agencies with enforcement of child support laws.
“This is a commonsense change and it’s good to get this law on the books for the American people,” said McCaskill, “The change will increase efficiency and ultimately cut waste-something taxpayers are rightly demanding from the federal government.”
McCaskill was recently named the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, whose responsibilities include oversight of federal agencies.
(Ozark Radio News)