By Julian Hattem - 06/27/13 03:24 PM EDT
“It’s only common sense to get rid of government waste and hold our government accountable for unnecessary, unacceptable redundancies," Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said in a statement.
The GAO issues a report every year identifying areas of duplication within the federal government and recommendations to reduce them. In 2013, the office, which is Congress's investigative arm, found 31 areas where agencies could be more efficient and 81 specific recommendations to save taxpayer dollars.
Since 2011, however, only 12 percent of the 300 recommendations have been implemented by the agencies.
"The president and Congress owe it to taxpayers to act on these recommendations," said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) in a statement. "If we fail to do so we would be like a doctor ordering x-rays before we treat a patient, but then ignoring what they show.”
The bill would also make the president explain why GAO recommendations that are excluded from the proposal to Congress have been omitted.
In addition to Manchin, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is introducing the legislation in the Senate. Reps. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) are joining Dent in introducing the bill in the House.