Laws & Guidance GENERAL
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

Angela Arrington

Kathy Axt

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 request. All comments must be submitted through the website.

Requests that are pending at ED may be viewed on under its published docket number. Active information collection requests may be viewed on

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Last Modified: 08/10/2016