CBO Reports “No Significant Cost” for Connected Government Act
Washington, DC – Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the nonpartisan, independent organization that advises Congress on the costs and benefits of proposed legislation, released a zero score for the Connected Government Act. The report said that the Connected Government Act “would have no significant cost.” The CBO report and score is available here.
“This bill is a simple, common sense measure that makes government more open, transparent and accessible to the American people,” said Congresswoman Kelly, ranking member of the IT subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “This bill will not cost taxpayers money. Today’s zero score from the CBO continues the momentum to make this bill a law and open government websites to all Americans, including those who use smartphones and tablets.”
The Connected Government Act, introduced in May, would require all future and re-designed government websites to be mobile-friendly. According to an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) report, more than 40 percent of government websites are not mobile-friendly.
The bipartisan bill passed the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in mid-September and a bipartisan Senate companion has been introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO.) Currently, the bill is pending a debate and vote from the U.S. House.