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                                H. R. 4639

To ensure that advertising campaigns paid for by the Federal Government 
                 are unbiased, and for other purposes.



                             June 22, 2004

  Ms. DeLauro (for herself, Mr. Stark, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Cooper, Mr. 
 Conyers, and Ms. Slaughter) introduced the following bill; which was 
             referred to the Committee on Government Reform


                                 A BILL

To ensure that advertising campaigns paid for by the Federal Government 
                 are unbiased, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Federal Advertising Reform Act of 


    (a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
            (1) a February 2004 Congressional Research Service report 
        states that the advertising industry estimates the Federal 
        Government spends over $1,000,000,000 each year on advertising;
            (2) under the rules and regulations that apply to the 
        Federal Government and advertising campaigns run by the Federal 
        Government, there are few restrictions on advertising by the 
        Federal Government; and
            (3) currently, there is no single agency charged with 
        tracking and overseeing advertising expenditures by Federal 
    (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are to--
            (1) ensure that advertising campaigns paid for by the 
        Federal Government are unbiased and do not contain a political 
        message or covert propaganda;
            (2) highlight the lack of oversight and evaluation of 
        advertising campaigns paid for by the Federal Government; and
            (3) ensure that advertising campaigns in excess of 
        $10,000,000 per year are evaluated and approved by an 
        independent entity such as the General Accounting Office.


    (a) In General.--In any fiscal year, if the amounts appropriated to 
an agency exceed $10,000,000 to prepare or produce print, radio, or 
television advertising campaigns, as well as video news releases, uses 
of outdoor media, and Internet advertisements on websites not operated 
by the Federal Government, those amounts shall not be expended by the 
agency unless--
            (1) any proposed advertisement is submitted to the 
        Comptroller General of the United States for review; and
            (2) the Comptroller General determines that the proposed 
        advertisement does not contain a political message, and is not 
        false, misleading, or deceptive.
    (b) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Agency.--The term ``agency'' has the meaning provided 
        that term by section 105 of title 5, United States Code.
            (2) False, misleading, or deceptive.--The term ``false, 
        misleading, or deceptive'' has the meaning provided that term 
        under rules and regulations promulgated by the Federal Trade 

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