The 117th Congress may be remembered as a time of intense polarization. But the leaders of a bipartisan House committee have been operating below the national political radar to improve how Congress works. Their latest effort has the potential to deliver substantial taxpayer savings.
Formed in 2019, the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress’s mandate is “to make Congress more effective, efficient, and transparent for the American people.” The panel operates on a bipartisan basis and shows what can happen when lawmakers focus on solving problems recognized by both sides of the aisle. To date, the committee has passed 142 recommendations of which 89 have been fully or partially implemented.
Many of the committee’s recommendations have focused on reforming Congress as an institution. But the committee’s latest effort involves reforming how Congress uses its nonpartisan watchdog, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to make the federal government work better.
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