or fiscal 2003, the Office of Management and Budget and federal
agencies identified 223 violations of the Paperwork Reduction
Act, requiring agencies to obtain approval from the Office of
Management and Budget before collecting covered information,
the General Accounting Office has found.
It said OMB could do more to curb the paperwork burden by
promoting the practices used by agencies with good compliance
A recent OMB report trumpets its progress in reducing
paperwork, and its Office of Information and Regulatory
Affairs stated that specific agency actions were responsible
for 53 million fewer hours of paperwork, reflecting OMB’s
zero-tolerance policy toward violations.
However, agency initiated actions do not account for most of
the reduction in paper work over last year, which is
attributable to actions occurring outside of agencies’
control or as a result of re-estimates of current paperwork
requirements, leaving room for OMB and agencies to take the
initiative in reducing paperwork, said GAO.
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