To require the approval by the head of an agency for any conference costing more than $25,000, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Agency Conferences and Conventions Operating Under Necessary Transparency Act of 2012'' or the ``ACCOUNT Act''.
SEC. 2. AGENCY CONFERENCE REQUIREMENTS.
(a) Agency Head Approval Required.--Any conference costing more than $25,000 must be approved in writing by the head of the relevant agency before the date on which such conference occurs. The head of an agency may only approve such conference if the head determines that the conference is necessary to the core mission of the agency. (b) Publication of Statement Required.--Not later than 30 days after the date of a conference described in subsection (a), the head of the agency shall publish on the website of such agency a summary of the conference that includes the purpose and total cost of the conference and the cost per employee that attended the conference. (c) Report to Congress.--Not later than December 31 of each year, the head of each agency shall submit a report, for the previous fiscal year, to the relevant committees of the Congress that includes a list of each conference approved pursuant to subsection (a) and with regard to each such conference, the following: (1) A summary of the purposes and goals. (2) A description of the...