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  • Federal Paperwork Wastes Equivalent of 13,000 Lifetimes 

    Federal Paperwork Wastes Equivalent of 13,000 Lifetimes

    We finally have an update on what the federal government thinks about its paperwork.

    Federal reports are chronically late.

    It had been two years since the White House Office of Management and Budget released its annual federal paperwork burden survey, the Information Collection Budget of the U.S. Government, when the 2015 and 2016 editions finally appeared in December.

    In another recent example, the White House regulatory benefit/cost report to Congress, which appeared the day before Christmas Eve 2016, was the latest ever by two months.

    In the meantime, it has been possible to track paperwork hours on an OMB database, as well as with the RegRodeo tool at American Action Forum.

    But how nice to see the official publication, and the commentary, at last!

    In its new 2016 Information Collection Budget of the U.S. Government (encompassing fiscal year 2015 data), the Office of Management and Budget, estimates that 9.778 billion hours was required to complete the federal paperwork requirements (from 22 executive departments and six independent agencies that have been historically subject to survey,