The Price Tag for a Proposal to Root Out Program Duplication: $100 million

July 5, 2012

Proposed legislation to more carefully monitor all federal programs to avoid duplication will come with a $100 million price tag, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The Taxpayers Right to Know Act (H.R. 3609), which Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., sponsored, requires agency heads to track and post the administrative expenses, expenditures, number of beneficiaries and number of employees -- both federal employees and contractors -- it takes every program and service under their purview. They would be required to publish reports each fiscal year and would have to identify overlapping programs.

The costs of the bill, which passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in April, will not be offset by any revenues, CBO found. 

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