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House Passes Secure Border Initiative Financial Accountability Act of 2006

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 06100270 (posted Oct. 2, 2006)"

By a voice vote on 9/28/06, the House passed the Secure Border Initiative Financial Accountability Act of 2006 (H.R. 6162). The bill directs the DHS Inspector General to review each contract action related to the Secure Border Initiative having a value of $20 million or more to determine whether such action fully complies with cost requirements, performance objectives, and timelines. The Inspector General would be required to complete his review no later than 60 days after the date of the initiation of the contract action and upon the conclusion of the performance of the contract. The bill further requires the Inspector General to report to the DHS Secretary on cost overruns, significant delays in contract execution, lack of rigorous contract management, insufficient financial oversight, and other high-risk business practices. The DHS Secretary would then be required to notify Congress and take immediate steps to rectify the problems within 30 days.

An earlier version of this legislation passed the House as section 109 of H.R. 4437. The language of the bill also appears in the fiscal year 2007 DHS authorization measure that passed the Committee on Homeland Security in July 2006.

 
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