Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

Angela Arrington
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The Paperwork Reduction Act requires all federal agencies to obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before collecting information from the public. Ways of collecting information include questionnaires, focus groups, telephone surveys, applications, performance reports, customer satisfaction surveys, studies and evaluations, interviews, forms, and any other means of requesting information from ten or more respondents.

The public generally has two opportunities to comment on a proposed "information collection." Invitations for comment are published in the Federal Register and linked from the ED Web site. During the first (60-day) period, comments on Department of Education-sponsored collections may be sent to ED's Paperwork Clearance Official, Joe Schubart. During the second (30-day) comment period, the OMB Desk Officer for Education, Carolyn Lovett reviews comments from the public.

Pending and active information collections can be reviewed in the Department of Education Information Collection System (EDICS). EDICS also allows searches and provides access to reports and bulletins. In addition, OMB provides a list of information collections under review; reviews completed in the last 30 days; and expired approvals month-by-month.

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Last Modified: 12/08/2009