Text: S.664 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)

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[S. 664 Introduced in Senate (IS)]

113th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 664

 To require reports by Federal Government entities regarding responses 
to Inspector General recommendations on potential cost-saving measures 
or on reimbursement for poor contractor performance, cost overruns, or 
                 other reasons, and for other purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             March 22, 2013

  Mrs. Shaheen (for herself and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following 
 bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland 
                   Security and Governmental Affairs

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                                 A BILL


 
 To require reports by Federal Government entities regarding responses 
to Inspector General recommendations on potential cost-saving measures 
or on reimbursement for poor contractor performance, cost overruns, or 
                 other reasons, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Government Contractor Accountability 
Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. REPORTS BY FEDERAL ENTITIES ON RESPONSES TO INSPECTOR GENERAL 
              RECOMMENDATIONS ON POTENTIAL COST-SAVING MEASURES OR 
              REIMBURSEMENT FOR POOR CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE, COST 
              OVERRUNS, OR OTHER REASONS.

    (a) Reports.--
            (1) Failures to respond, non-concurs, and partial 
        concurs.--Not later than 30 days after the end of the 60-day 
        period for an audited establishment to respond to a covered 
        final audit report submitted to the establishment by an 
        Inspector General under section 5 of the Inspector General Act 
        of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), or by the Special Inspector General 
        for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Special Inspector General 
        for Iraq Reconstruction, or any other Inspector General under 
        applicable law, or 30 days after the establishment responds to 
        a covered audit report with a non-concur or partial concur 
        response, the head of the establishment shall submit to 
        Congress a report with an explanation for the failure to 
        respond or the non-concur or partial concur response.
            (2) Full concurs.--Not later than 180 days after an 
        establishment responds to a covered audit report submitted to 
        the establishment by an Inspector General under section 5 of 
        the Inspector General Act of 1978, or by the Special Inspector 
        General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Special Inspector 
        General for Iraq Reconstruction, or any other Inspector General 
        under applicable law, with a full concur response, the head of 
        the establishment shall submit to Congress a report with a 
        description of the status of any open or pending 
        recommendations from the Inspector General, including any 
        actions taken to implement the recommendations.
    (b) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Covered final audit report.--The term ``covered final 
        audit report'' means a final audit report issued by an 
        Inspector General under the Inspector General Act of 1978 or 
        other applicable law that includes a recommendation for an 
        establishment to implement cost-saving measures or to seek 
        reimbursement for failure by a contractor or subcontractor to 
        successfully complete a contract due to poor contractor 
        performance, cost-overruns, or other reasons that would, if 
        implemented, result in at least $2,000,000 in savings.
            (2) Establishment.--The term ``establishment'' has the 
        meaning given that term in section 12 of the Inspector General 
        Act of 1978, except that the term also includes the following:
                    (A) The Office of the Director of National 
                Intelligence.
                    (B) The Central Intelligence Agency.
                    (C) The Architect of the Capitol.
                    (D) The Government Accountability Office.
                    (E) The Government Printing Office.
                    (F) The Library of Congress.
            (3) Head of establishment.--The term ``head of 
        establishment'' has the meaning given that term in section 12 
        of the Inspector General Act of 1978, except that the term also 
        includes the following:
                    (A) The Director of National Intelligence.
                    (B) The Director of the Central Intelligence 
                Agency.
                    (C) The Architect of the Capitol.
                    (D) The Comptroller General of the United States.
                    (E) The Public Printer.
                    (F) The Librarian of Congress.
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