‘Let Me Google That For You Act’ Is a Real Bill Being Proposed in Congress
Well, this is a pretty direct way to cut government waste. Earlier this month, Senators Tom Coburn and Claire McCaskill introduced a bill in the Senate called “Let Me Google That For You Act.” Yes. That is what it’s actually called, and it could every well be the most snarkily-named piece of legislation in the history of Congress.
The bill, inspired by (or just ripped off from) the popular LMGTFY website, is meant to “streamline the collection and distribution of government information.” One of its main concerns is getting the National Technical Information Service to stop selling government reports to federal agencies when almost all of the reports in question are available for public access, without charge, when you search for them on Google.
The NTIS sold a very minuscule portion of its archives between 1995 and 2000, and it loses about $1.3 million a year, which basically makes the entire agency a pointless waste and therefore, the bill concludes, it should be shuttered.
The LMGTFY Twitter was alerted to the bill this week, and actually expresses surprise at a bill being pushed that actually cuts government in an efficient way.
— LMGTFY (@lmgtfy) April 7, 2014
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