Paperwork Reduction Act and Federal Collections of Information: A Brief Overview [May 26, 2021] [open pdf - 488KB]
From the Document: "Congress enacted the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) in 1980 and reauthorized the law in 1995 (codified at 44 U.S.C. §§3501-3521) primarily to address a concern that the federal government was requiring businesses, individuals, and other entities to spend too much time filling out paperwork at the behest of federal agencies. The PRA contemplated a centralized system for controlling and minimizing the amount of information that federal agencies collect while considering the public benefit and utility of the information. To this end, the PRA requires agencies to justify collecting information from the public by establishing the need and intended use of the information, estimating the paperwork burden to result from the information collection, and providing public input on each proposed collection. The PRA also created the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) primarily to implement government-wide efforts to manage the federal paperwork burden. This In Focus provides an overview of the information collection aspects of the PRA, including OMB and agency responsibilities for managing paperwork burden. Other elements of the PRA, including information resources management and statistical policy, are not covered here."
CRS In Focus, IF11837
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/