Warner to Introduce Legislation Targeting Duplicative Agency Reports

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By on January 10, 2013 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) is planning to introduce legislation designed to fix outdated and duplicative reports in federal agencies.

Warner issued the following statement after the Office of Management and Budget published a list of reports produced by federal agencies that could be eliminated or consolidated. The full list identifies 376 reports from 29 agencies that are potential targets for elimination or modification.

Over the years, federal agencies have been instructed to expend considerable staff time and other resources producing thousands of reports, yet we never look back to see if these reporting requirements might be outdated, duplicative, or even relevant. If these reports are sitting on a shelf collecting dust, then it’s time for them to go. Congress should take every opportunity to create a more effective and efficient government, and the elimination of these outdated reports is one step in that direction. In the GPRA Modernization Act, we asked agencies to tell us which reports have outlived their purpose, and OMB is recommending modifying or eliminating nearly 400 reports produced by 29 federal agencies. We will review this information and work with the agencies and OMB to introduce legislation that will eliminate or modify these unnecessary reporting requirements.

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