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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – April 14, 2014

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On the Blog: The DATA Act!

A major effort to improve government transparency took a step forward this past week with Senate passage the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2013. The House is likely to pass the bill when Congress returns at the end of April, and President Obama should sign the bill into law.

Read about it in a post entitled: “Senate Passes Data Act.”

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The House and Senate do not meet the next two weeks.

Last week, the Senate passed S. 994, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2013.

The DATA Act would increase transparency in federal spending by requiring the government to publish spending data in standard formats, making the data downloadable and fully searchable.

Passage of the DATA Act would cost about $2.70 per U.S. family.

S. 994
The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2013
Costs $2.69 per family

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The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2013
66% For, 34% Against

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Displayed below are new, updated, and passed items with their cost or savings per family.

New Items

S. 224
The San Francisco Bay Restoration Act
Costs $0.13 per family

S. 491
The Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2013
Costs $4.41 per family

H.R. 1800
The Small Business Credit Availability Act
Saves $2.63 per family

S. 1294
The Tennessee Wilderness Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1934
The Clifford P. Hansen Federal Courthouse Conveyance Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2042
The Clean Estuaries Act of 2014
Costs $1.30 per family

H.R. 863
The Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2657
The Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2013
Costs $0.05 per family

H.R. 4121
The Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2014
Costs $0.04 per family

H.R. 2452
The Women’s Procurement Program Equalization Act of 2013
Costs $0.26 per family

H.R. 4323
The Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014
Costs $5.46 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

P.L. 113-97
The Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act

P.L. 113-98
The Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013
Costs $12.87 per family

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