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 increasing the burden on...
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.