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...
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 project examined the Paperwork Reduction Act (“PRA”), 44 U.S.C. §§ 3501–21, broadly to determine whether the statute itself or agencies’ practices under the Act could be improved. Among other things, the project considered the costs and benefits of PRA compliance, whether the Act’s goals could be achieved in a more efficient manner, whether the Act needs to be updated to account for advances in social media and other new technologies, whether the Act should apply to voluntary collections of information, and whether the Act should apply when an agency seeks to collect information from special government employees. The research consultant for the PRA project was Associate Professor Stuart Shapiro, who serves as Director of the Public Policy Program at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.