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Bipartisan Coalition Urges Congress to Preserve Provision to Make FAPIIS Public

Chairman Daniel Inouye
Senate Committee on Appropriations
 
Ranking Member Thad Cochran
Senate Committee on Appropriations
 
Chairman David Obey
House Committee on Appropriations
 
Ranking Member Jerry Lewis
House Committee on Appropriations

Dear Conference Leadership:

We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our support for S. Amendment 4280 in the Senate-passed version of H.R. 4899, the Supplemental Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act of 2010. Our groups have a keen interest in government spending and transparency matters, especially matters pertaining to public access to the government’s new contractor integrity and performance database, the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS).

Ever since the concept of a comprehensive, centralized, government-wide contractor responsibility database was introduced in Congress in 2008, our groups have been campaigning for such a database to be made publicly available. Although we have various views on other parts of H.R. 4899, we were all pleased when the Senate approved Senator Bernie Sanders’ amendment (S. Amendment 4280) to the bill requiring the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) to make publicly available all data contained in FAPIIS, except “past performance reviews.”

While we think all FAPIIS data, including past performance information not directly implicating genuine proprietary or privacy interests, should be publicly posted, we wholeheartedly support this amendment as a major advance in contractor accountability and transparency. Its passage would open up an immense cache of valuable data regarding contract- and grant-related civil, criminal, and administrative responsibility histories of thousands of contractors and grantees that collectively receive hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars every year.
 
Additionally, all Members of Congress would have access to the data, which is essential since congressional access is currently limited “to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the committees of Congress having jurisdiction.”

We appreciate your time and consideration, and urge you to support S. Amendment 4280, thereby making FAPIIS publicly available. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this issue further, please contact us.

Sincerely,

Project On Government Oversight
Danielle Brian
Executive Director 
Taxpayers for Common Sense
Ryan Alexander
President
OMB Watch
Craig Jennings
Director, Federal Fiscal Policy 
Essential Information
John Richard
President
iSolon.org
J.H. Snider, MBA, Ph.D.
President 
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Gary Kalman
Director, Federal Legislative Office 
Center for American Progress Action Fund
David Madland
Director, American Worker Project 
Project on Government Secrecy,
Federation of American Scientists

Steven Aftergood
Project Director 
OpenTheGovernment.org
Patrice McDermott
Director
American Association of Law Libraries
Mary Alice Baish
Director of Government Relations
The Sunlight Foundation
Ellen Miller
Executive Director
Public Citizen
Tyson Slocum
Director, Energy Program
Government Accountability Project
Mark P. Cohen, Esq.
Executive Director
National Taxpayers Union
Pete Sepp
Executive Vice President
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Melanie Sloan
Executive Director
 

 

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