Senators Seek to Abolish Agency, Introduce ‘Let Me Google That for You’ Bill

Apr 12, 2014 1:56pm

WASHINGTON — Call it the “google-ization” of the United States.

A new bill has been introduced in the Senate called the “Let Me Google That For You Act.”

This is a real thing — really, let me google it for you.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is working across the aisle with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on the bill, which is intended to “streamline the collection and distribution of government information.”

Translation: If passed, the “Let Me Google That for You Act” would repeal the National Technical Information Service, also known as NTIS, which was created more than 40 years before the creation of the Internet as a means to distribute government-funded information and reports.

A November 2012 Government Accountability Office report found that of the reports generated through the NTIS from 1990 through 2011, most of the information was readily accessible and could be found through http://www.Google.com.

The NTIS website touts itself as “the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today.” However, the agency, which these senators say modern search technology has rendered obsolete, currently receives tens of millions of dollars of federal funding.

The Act was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for further review, where the Committee will likely have to Google the NTIS.

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