Statement of Scott H. Amey, General Counsel Supporting Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (S. 2590)
September 6, 2006
POGO urges Congress to pass the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (S. 2590) to provide improved public access to all federal spending. Our support is based on the “one-stop shopping” philosophy that the proposed comprehensive database would provide. Since 2000, federal contract spending has increased from approximately $200 billion to over $380 billion. Grant spending totals an additional $300 billion. Senate Bill 2590 will provide more user-friendly access to federal spending. POGO supports this bill because it will help restore integrity in how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. When it comes to federal spending, the public holds a genuine mistrust of the process. Taxpayers believe that officials are lenient toward, or tend to favor, contractors and as a result, some contractors have an unfair advantage over their competitors. The public suspects that deals are made behind closed doors. POGO is convinced that the passage of the S. 2590 will be a win-win for taxpayers and the government, shining light on and restoring integrity in the federal spending process.
Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.
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