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Crapo, Colleagues Reintroduce Federal Agency Accountability Legislation

Bill would streamline operations and reduce waste at federal agencies

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) has again joined Senators Rick Scott (R-Florida), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Braun (R-Indiana) and Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) to reintroduce S.925, the Federal Agency Sunset Commission Act, to help streamline operations and identify inefficiencies of bloated federal agencies in order to reduce waste and save taxpayer dollars.  The legislation would create a review process to routinely evaluate the efficiency of federal agencies, justify their existence in their current structure, and offer recommendations for change in the form of proposed legislation.  The bill was previously introduced in the 116th Congress. 

“As stewards of federal spending, Congress must exercise its oversight responsibilities to prevent waste, fraud and abuse of federal programs,” Crapo said.  “The federal government must be limited, and taxpayer dollars must be used efficiently to effectively help Americans. The Federal Agency Sunset Commission Act will help accomplish each of these critical functions of Congress’s oversight.” 

The Federal Agency Sunset Commission Act would:

  • Create a 13 member bipartisan Commission to review the efficiency and public need for each federal agency.
    • Require the Commission to review and report to Congress on all legislation introduced in Congress that would establish a new agency, or a new program to be carried out by an existing agency.
    • Require the Commission to annually recommend, in the form of legislation, whether the reviewed agencies should be abolished, reorganized, or continued and whether the responsibilities of agencies should be consolidated, transferred, or reorganized.
  • Require Congress to vote on the Commission’s timeline for abolishment of agencies within a year of the bill’s passage.
  • Expedite the process for Congress to vote on a joint resolution either adopting or rejecting the recommendations of the Commission.