WASHINGTON— US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) applauded the passage of the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies (MEGABYTE) Act in the US House of Representatives.
Dr. Cassidy introduced the bill with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) in the US Senate in December, 2015 after the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that implementing oversight and management policies of federal software licenses saved a single agency $181 million tax dollars per year. If implemented, the MEGABYTE Act could yield billions in savings across the federal government.
“Billions of taxpayer dollars could be saved if federal agencies kept track of what software they buy. It’s irresponsible they don’t do so already,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Tax dollars could be better used on our troops and our classrooms, not redundant software licenses.”
“The federal government could potentially save taxpayers billions of dollars by improving the way we manage the purchases of federal software licenses,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased the House passed this bipartisan, commonsense measure that will help cut wasteful spending and ensure tax dollars are being used effectively.”
The MEGABYTE Act advanced through the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on February 10, 2016 and is awaiting passage in the Senate. The House companion to Dr. Cassidy’s bill was introduced by Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17).
The MEGABYTE Act saves tax dollars and cuts government waste through the following actions:
Committed to reducing government waste, Dr. Cassidy also introduced the Eliminating Government-Funding Oil-Painting (EGO) Act, which bans the federal government from spending taxpayer dollars on oil paintings of presidents, vice presidents, cabinet secretaries or members of Congress, which can often cost $40,000 each.