House passes bills on IG audits, presidential records

The House voted Tuesday to pass two non-controversial bills dealing with expanding funding for audits at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and modernizing the process for accessing presidential records.

In a 418-0 vote, members passed the OPM IG Act, H.R. 2860. This bill lets OPM's Inspector General use a portion of a revolving fund, which can be used to fund training and other programs, to pay for audits and other investigatory work at OPM.

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And in a 420-0 vote, the House passed the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments, H.R. 1233. This bill would update rules for securing presidential documents to reflect the latest technology, and sets up a formal appeal process for presidents who object to the release of records.

It also requires official government business done via personal email to be forwarded to an official government records system.

These were the last House votes of the day. Earlier Tuesday, the House passed a short-term funding bill, and on Wednesday it plans to consider a $1 trillion funding bill for the rest of 2014.

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