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Unfunded Mandates Open Access

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform held hearings this week on the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA). Congress enacted UMRA to “curb the practice of imposing unfunded Federal mandates on States and local governments,” but observers agree that its effects have been limited due to (1) narrow coverage, and (2) lack of accountability.

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