OMB Issues FY 2001 Information Collection Budget
OMB recognizes many actors contributing to the phenomenon of paperwork growth, including federal agencies, the Congress, and OMB itself. For example, Congress passes hundreds of new statutes each year, many of which create new programs and reports to Congress, all of which implicitly encourage more data collection. Federal agencies often subordinate paperwork reduction responsibilities to other needs, and agency Chief Information Officers have generally been preooccupied with information technology investment, rather than overseeing and coordinating data collection activities. OMB also concedes that is needs to strengthen its oversight of agency paperwork collections and to require agencies to make Paperwork Reduction Act responsibilities an integral part of their management strategies.
Nevertheless, OMB stresses the potential for great improvement if these institutions work together to achieve the objectives of the Paperwork Reduction Act. Such a goal is in keeping with the President's vision that government should give people "more options, and fewer orders." CRE encourages the Administration to undertake the necessary cooperation and coordination to decrease regulatory reporting burdens upon American consumers, employees, businesses, and taxpayers.
Summary of the FY 2001 Information Collection Budget (ICB)
CRE encourages interested parties to review
the Information Collection Budget, which can be viewed through the link provided immediately
below. CRE has also outlined the content of the report generally, as follows.
The ICB's Executive Summary provides the following synopses of the chapters of the FY 2001 report.
- However, such improvements are contingent upon combined efforts by federal agencies, OMB, and the Congress
Identifies changes during FY 2000 and expected changes during FY 2001 due to agency actions and new statutory mandates.
- Highlight agency efforts to streamline and reduce information collections from the public.
- Demonstrate that the information collection needs of the federal government are not static.