Editor’s Note: See also Comments to ACUS on the Paperwork Reduction Act here and GAO’s Report “PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT: Agencies Could Better Leverage Review Processes and Public Outreach to Improve Burden Estimates, here

From: FEDWeek

GAO has questioned the accuracy of agency reports on the hour and cost burdens they impose on the public through their information collection requests, “in part because of lack of clear guidance from OMB.”

“Inconsistencies in estimating respondent time costs could lead to inconsistent implementation of new requirements under Executive Order 13771 that agencies offset the incremental costs of new regulations with reductions in regulatory burden, including paperwork burden, elsewhere,” it added.

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