MIL-OSI USA: Quigley Reintroduces Government Transparency Legislation

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05)

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, re-introduced the Transparency in Government Act to increase access, accountability, and transparency in every branch of the federal government. The legislation would expand financial disclosure requirements for both lawmakers and lobbyists; modernize how the public accesses federal spending information; and improve judicial transparency. Quigley has introduced this legislation each Congress since his first term.

“It is no secret that public trust in the federal government has approached near record lows. Something must be done to restore the public’s faith in our institutions and fortify our democracy. I firmly believe that increased transparency is the best medicine. Through this legislation, we can begin to restore the damage that has been done by providing the American people enhanced access to government information and improved understanding of the programs and officials that directly impact their lives,” said Quigley. “I’m proud to have led this legislation for so long and done so on a bipartisan basis.”

 “The Transparency in Government Act is landmark legislation that would bring transparency and accountability to every corner of the federal government,” said Daniel Schuman, Executive Director, the American Governance Institute. “Rep. Quigley has a long track record of moving open government legislation from the drawing board into the law of the land, and we applaud his efforts to throw open the windows and shine sunlight onto the government.”

“As government ethics and corruption scandals proliferate in the United States and around the globe, government transparency is more crucial than ever,” said Debra Perlin, Policy Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “By mandating comprehensive transparency measures across all three branches, the Transparency in Government Act will shine a much-needed light on our government. We urge Congress to pass this vital legislation to restore public trust and enhance accountability.”

“The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) strongly supports the Transparency in Government Act of 2024 and thanks Congressman Quigley for his longtime leadership in improving government accountability,” said Faith Williams, Director of the Effective and Accountable Government program at POGO. “This comprehensive package of reforms includes many ideas for which POGO has long advocated, such as bringing more accountability to federal contracting, strengthening government ethics rules, and increasing federal spending transparency. We look forward to working closely with partners and champions on the Hill to advance this important legislation.”

The Transparency in Government Act will:

  • Increase disclosure of Members’ personal finances, office expenses, gift reports, and foreign travel
  • Publish reports on Member finances online
  • Expand reporting requirements for federal spending on
  • Increase transparency for federal spending recipients who have been held liable for waste, fraud, or abuse following an investigation or legal proceedings
  • Increase public access to Supreme Court proceedings by requiring television coverage be permitted in all open sessions
  • Require all federal judicial disclosure forms be available online
  • Strengthen the Freedom of Information Act by requiring agencies to put all completed FOIA requests online in a searchable, sortable, and downloadable format
  • Strengthen agencies’ FOIA officers’ ability to access unclassified agency records
  • Institute new transparency measures to document FOIA requests and compliance 

This legislation is endorsed by the Project on Government Oversight, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and the American Governance Institute.