FEES, FINES, AND PENALTIES: Better Reporting of Government-wide Data Would Increase Transparency and Facilitate Oversight (GAO)

GAO: FEES, FINES, AND PENALTIES:
Better Reporting of Government-wide Data Would Increase Transparency and Facilitate Oversight
. “Federal agencies collect hundreds of billions of dollars annually in fees, fines, and penalties, such as national park entry fees and penalties for violations of federal telemarketing law. Government-wide data could help Congress identify trends in collections and significant changes that could be an indication of an agency’s performance. Currently, there is no comprehensive, government-wide report that identifies specific fees, fines, and penalties. We made 4 recommendations to enhance the Office of Management and Budget’s current reporting on these collections, such as making more specific data publically available.”