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Outside Audit of House Finances Is Largely Positive

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Miller praised the 2012 House audit and commended the chief administrative officer’s team for the past year’s work.

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A release from Boehner’s office also recalled that in 1999, as vice chairman of the House Administration Committee, Boehner joined with House leaders to unveil the chamber’s very first clean audit.

In the weeks ahead, the release of the House audit also might compel Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., to re-articulate his interest in exploring whether the Senate should submit itself to an annual outside audit.

A former member of the House, Heller wrote in a March 4, 2013, letter to Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., that the House’s first audit in 1995 showed that “accounting procedures were lacking and incomplete; House rules were inconsistently applied and contradicted; and various House support services were either wasteful or unnecessary.”

Implementation of various suggestions, Heller continued, has resulted in approximately $20 million in savings for the House.

Yearly audits of Senate finances, he wrote, could give the chamber “a full understanding of how and where funding within the Senate is allocated” and “create accountability for U.S. taxpayer dollars.”

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