The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), enacted in 1980 and revised upon its reauthorization in 1986 and 1995, created the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to oversee information policy within the executive branch. The Act requires, among other things, that agencies secure OMB approval before collecting information from the public. Since 1995, this has meant that...
Paperwork Reduction Act
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
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).