Paperwork Reduction Act

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Paperwork Reduction Act in stage 8. Implementation

Project Stages:

1. Gather ideas - Completed
2. Select ideas - Completed
3. Council approval - Completed
4. Picking a researcher - Completed
5. Committee consideration - Completed
6. Back to the council - Completed
7. Consideration by the full conference - Completed
8. Implementation - Current
Stage:  
8. Implementation

Contacts

Staff Counsel
202.480.2086
ebremer@acus.gov
Committee Chair
Partner
Venable LLP
Consultant
Stuart Shapiro
Professor
Rutgers University
Media
202.480.2091
mkindelan@acus.gov

This study examined whether the text of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. §§ 3501–21, or agencies’ practices under it could be improved.  Among other things, the project considered the costs and benefits of PRA compliance, more efficient ways to achieve the statute's goals, the potential need to update the statute to account for advances in social media and other new technologies, and the application of the PRA to collections of information that are voluntary or directed to special government employees.  

The research report for this project was subsequently published as Stuart Shapiro, The Paperwork Reduction Act: Benefits, costs and directions for reform, 30 Gov't Info. Q. 204 (2013).

Final Recommendation

Recommendation 2012-4 addresses a variety of issues that have arisen since the Paperwork Reduction Act was last revised in 1995. It recommends ways to improve public engagement in the creation and review of information collection requests and to make the process more efficient for the agencies and the Office of Management and Budget. It also suggests ways to streamline the review and approval process without...

Implementation

The Paperwork Reduction Act (“PRA”) governs the ability of federal agencies to compel private parties to disclose information.  44 U.S.C. §§ 3501–21.  The law aims to minimize the burden imposed on individuals, businesses, and other entities resulting from data collection by the federal government.  Whenever a federal agency seeks to obtain information from a group larger than 10 individuals, it must comply with the PRA.  Among other things, the PRA requires agencies seeking such information to make a determination that the contemplated collection of information is necessary for proper performance of agency functions.  In addition, agencies must submit their proposed data collection instrument to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) for approval.  The approval process normally includes two required public comment periods totaling at least 90 days and normally takes 6-9 months to complete, although, in June 2011, OIRA implemented a “fast track” review process for certain information collections for which agencies obtain generic approval.

At its 56th Plenary Session on June 14-15, 2012, the Administrative Conference adopted Recommendation 2012-4, Paperwork Reduction Act. This recommendation addresses a variety of issues that have arisen since the Act was last revised in 1995.  For instance, despite OMB guidance on the application of the PRA to social media, the Act does not yet account for new technologies.  The proposal offers suggestions for improving public engagement in the review of information collection requests and for making the process more efficient for the agencies and OMB.

Project Documents

Namesort ascending Committee Type Date
Tozzi Comments on May 1 Coakley Letter Administration and Management Public Comment May 1, 2012 Download
Surface Transportation Board Chairman Elliott Comments Administration and Management Public Comment March 28, 2012 Download
SBA Office of Advocacy Comments Administration and Management Public Comment March 27, 2012 Download
Robert Coakley Comments Administration and Management Public Comment May 1, 2012 Download
Robert Coakley Comment Administration and Management Public Comment June 8, 2012 Download
Revised Draft PRA Report Administration and Management Report February 9, 2012 Download
Revised Draft PRA Recommendation Redline (May 2) Administration and Management Recommendation April 11, 2012 Download
Revised Draft PRA Recommendation (May 2) Administration and Management Recommendation April 11, 2012 Download
Redlined Recommendation Containing Amendments and Comments: Paperwork Reduction Act Redline Administration and Management Recommendation June 14, 2012 Download
Proposed Recommendation: Paperwork Reduction Act Administration and Management Recommendation June 14, 2012 Download
Proposed PRA Recommendation Administration and Management Recommendation June 14, 2012 Download
Paperwork Reduction Act Report Report February 9, 2012 Download
Paperwork Reduction Act Administration and Management Recommendation June 15, 2012 Download
March 28, 2012 Committee Meeting Administration and Management Webcast March 28, 2012 Watch Video
June 5 Clarification of Coakley Comments for May 2 Meeting Administration and Management Public Comment June 4, 2012 Download
HHS PRA Response Administration and Management Public Comment March 27, 2012 Download
Final Draft Paperwork Reduction Act Report Administration and Management Report February 15, 2012 Download
February 29, 2012 Committee Meeting Administration and Management Webcast February 29, 2012 Watch Video
FDIC Staff Comments Administration and Management Public Comment March 27, 2012 Download
Draft PRA Recommendation (March 28) Administration and Management Recommendation March 20, 2012 Download
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Background Memo Administration and Management Memorandum April 2, 2010 Download
Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Annual Report (Low Resolution) Administration and Management Report March 27, 2012 Download
Committee on Administration and Management Meeting Minutes Administration and Management Meeting Minutes February 29, 2012 Download
Committee Meeting Webcast Administration and Management Webcast May 2, 2012 Watch Video
Comments of Public Member Jim Tozzi Administration and Management Public Comment February 1, 2012 Download
Chamber of Commerce Comments on Proposed Recommendation Administration and Management Public Comment June 7, 2012 Download
Chamber of Commerce Comments Administration and Management Public Comment March 28, 2012 Download
Chamber of Commerce Comments Administration and Management Public Comment April 30, 2012 Download
Bob Coakley Comments Administration and Management Public Comment March 20, 2012 Download
Belzer Comments on Draft PRA Report Administration and Management Public Comment March 20, 2012 Download
ACUS Response to Coakley PRA Comments Administration and Management Letter June 19, 2012 Download
Paperwork Reduction Act Redline Administration and Management Recommendation June 14, 2012 Download
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