Information Management:

The Department of Labor Has Not Adequately Controlled Office of Job Corps Information Collection Activities

GGD-82-100: Published: Sep 22, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1982.

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GAO reviewed the Department of Labor's Office of Job Corps to determine whether it was carrying out its information collection activities in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980. The review was part of a recently completed survey of education-related reporting requirements imposed on the public by federal agencies.

GAO found 56 reporting and recordkeeping requirements that the Job Corps was imposing on its contractor-operated centers without Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval which is required by law. GAO stated that the existence of such a number of unapproved requirements, combined with the fact that cognizant Labor officials were unaware that these requirements needed OMB approval, indicated that the Department needs to strengthen controls over its information collection activities.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Labor's Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management has submitted a clearance package update for all necessary reporting and recordkeeping requirements on December 27, 1984.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Labor should direct the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management to ensure that the unapproved reporting and recordkeeping requirements that GAO identified are promptly reviewed to determine whether they are needed and used in their present form or whether they warrant revision. Those which continue to be needed, including any that are revised, should be promptly submitted to OMB for approval.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Labor's procurement staff within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management has been instructed by memorandum dated August 19, 1983 to incorporate a paperwork review in processing procurement requests.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Labor should direct the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management to ensure that adequate controls are established for identifying and obtaining OMB approval for all unapproved reporting and recordkeeping requirements contained in contracts and related requirements developed and used by Labor's regional offices.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor

 

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