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OMB Information Collections Become Paperless
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and their contractor, Communications Training Analysis Corporation (CTAC) of Fairfax have been working with OMB, and their contractor CyberData, to enhance the Information Collection Request, Review and Approval System (ICRAS) to "talk" to ROCIS. Federal agencies are required to to submit materials to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) staff with justification and supporting information for each collection request, a process that could take nearly a year to compile, transmit and receive approval on. Until late summer 2006, when OMB released new business process guidelines for information collection request processing; they redeveloped the Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Combined Information System "ROCIS" for compliance with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), requiring Agencies to submit information collection requests electronically.

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