Sep 2, 2014

Sunset and “Cut-Go” Requirements for Statutorily Required Reports

Purpose

This protocol is designed to prevent the proliferation of legally required reports when such reports are no longer relevant or necessary. Such proliferation wastes taxpayer dollars, and also distracts agencies from more pressing matters.

Protocol: 

Sunset: Any bill or joint resolution that imposes a new reporting requirement on an agency or entity (including a Legislative Branch agency such as CBO or GAO) shall include a sunset for such report that coincides with the sunset for the larger agency, office or program (generally no longer than seven years). This requirement shall not apply to one-time reports, annual financial statements, necessary performance reports for agencies or authorities that are not themselves subject to a sunset requirement, or other similar reports.

(A) “Cut-Go:” Any bill or joint resolution that imposes a new reporting requirement on an agency or entity shall strive to include the elimination of an existing report. The Majority Leader may take into account compliance with this paragraph when considering whether to schedule a measure for consideration by the House.
(B) Inventory: The Majority Leader shall provide to each Committee and to any Member upon request, an accurate as possible list of currently required reports.
(C) Sunset Inventory: The Majority Leader shall work with the Office of the Clerk to maintain a list of enacted reports with sunset dates.