Recommendation 2012-4 – Paperwork Reduction Act addresses a variety of issues that have arisen since the Act was last revised in 1995, including those arising from the emergence of new technologies. The recommendation offers suggestions for improving public engagement in the review of information collection requests and for making the process more efficient for federal agencies and OMB.
Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2012-4, Paperwork Reduction Act, 77 Fed. Reg. 47808 (Aug. 10, 2012).
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.