Title I - Access to Information About Members of Congress
Sec. 102. Electronic filing of and timely public access to official travel reports.
Electronic filing of required reports saves resources by eliminating the need for staff to input information that is already stored electronically. Additionally, putting this information online provides the public with a better understanding of the type of travel a Member is taking, where he or she is going, and who is paying for it. A 48-hour requirement ensures the information is available in a timely manner, instead of weeks or months after the travel has taken place.
Mandatory Electronic Filing of travel reports. The Rules of the House and the Senate are amended to provide the following: `each person required to file a travel report under this provision shall be required to maintain and file such report in electronic form accessible by computers.’
Requiring Posting on Internet- The Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate shall post on the public Internet site of the Office of the Clerk, or the Office of the Secretary, respectively, the reports filed under paragraph (a) within 48 hours (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays excepted) after they are received in a format that is searchable, sortable, and downloadable.
Retention- The Clerk and the Secretary shall maintain the information posted on the public Internet site of the Office of the Clerk or Secretary, respectively, under this section for a period of six years after receiving the information.
DIRECTORY- The Superintendent of Documents, under the Direction of the Public Printer in the Government Printing Office, shall include information about the documents made available on the Internet under this section in the electronic directory of Federal electronic information required by section 4101(a)(1) of title 44, United States Code.