Improvements Still Needed in Fulfilling Federal Reports Act Responsibilities

GGD-77-38: Published: May 25, 1977. Publicly Released: May 25, 1977.

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Problems have been encountered by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and by the Department of Labor (DOL) in fulfilling their responsibilities under the Federal Reports Act.

A lack of information and staff limitations preclude the Office from adequately assessing the need for data proposed for collection and data collected by federal agencies. The Office is developing a "key word" vocabulary to assist in identifying unnecessary duplication in information gathering. The report reduction program of the Department of Labor was reviewed, and its reduction results were less than it claimed. Statistics relating to the paperwork burden and the report reduction program are subject to error and different interpretations, and users should be aware of their limitations.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director, OMB, should: (1) determine and provide the additional resources needed by the Clearance Office to investigate the practical utility of agency reports; and (2) obtain updated justification from agencies on the need, including practical utility, of proposed revisions or extensions of existing reports.

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