Leave it to Senator Coburn to find an agency of the federal govenment (the National Technical Information Service, which is part of the Department of Commerce) which charges people for requested reports that they can get for free just by googling it.
On Thursday Coburn introduced legislation the Let Me Google That For You Act — with three other lawmakers to eliminate it. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, a co-sponsor of the bill, said, "Only the federal government would attempt to sell what you can get for free, make no money, then subsidize the failure."
The agency — which did not respond Thursday to a request for comment on the legislation — was included last year in a Government Accountability Office report on duplication in the federal government.
The GAO — Congress’ auditing arm — said 74 percent of the reports added to the NTIS repository from 1990 through 2011 were "readily available from other public sources."
We're going to miss Senator Coburn when he leaves office this year. No one else has been as dogged as he about going after wasteful spending.