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Transparency legislation up for approval in US House

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

The U.S. House of Representatives was slated to approve legislation Monday night co-authored by Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón that would make the status of federal emergency funds and recovery projects accessible to the public, creating an online reference portal.

When the bill was approved in April in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which the resident commissioner is a member, González Colón said the measure “would allow residents, mayors, local legislators and non-governmental organizations to know what funds have been used, where they have gone and how much remains to be used.”

“At the same time, it would ensure that the funds have the use for which they were assigned; in addition, that it would provide transparency for a better control of disaster recovery by Congress,” she added.

HR 2020, the Disaster Assistance Online Transparency Act, which was co-authored by delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-U.S.V.I.) and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), would have a record of the use of emergency funds that would include the amount of assistance provided by agencies every three months, the amount of disaster funds spent or obligated to projects or activities, and an itemized list of all projects or activities for which disaster assistance spent by the agency was spent, obligated or used.

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