Noel Dickover replied to the topic What Do You Think about OMB Soc Media and PRA Guidance? in the forum Forum Discussions 11 years, 2 months ago
Hi Faye, as silly as this sounds, the Paperwork Reduction Act has absolutely nothing to do with reducing the amount of paper. Its about about reducing the burden on the citizen. In 1980, this was a reasonable thing in that many agencies sent out lots of forms of information to citizens, often overlapping information. The idea was that govt was supposed to get their act together to not ask for duplicate stuff.
Unfortunately, the word “voluntary” was included in the statute, which means that voluntary information collections are subject to the PRA. But as you state, the question of how OMB implements the statute clearly has issues. First off, OMB has never been able to get the govt agencies to “get their information interoperability” act together, nor do they have the requisite variety to actually keep track of all these different information collections to determine if there is overlap. My position is that Agencies should be allowed to create “prototype collections” and then allow citizens to crowdsource any overlaps and provide OMB the potential concerns. In other words, we need to apply open government conceps to OMB’s PRA process.
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