OMB Orders Elimination of Dozens of Agency Reporting Requirements

The Trump Administration plans to eliminate numerous regulations to ease the paperwork burden on federal agencies.

The Office of Management and Budget announced that it will be eliminating numerous paperwork requirements for federal agencies.

The announcement was made in a memo issued this week in which OMB director Mick Mulvaney said that the Trump Administration is continuing its effort to make government more efficient.

“In support of the President’s Management Agenda and the belief that the Federal Government can – and should – operate more effectively and efficiently, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is taking action to identify low-value, duplicative, and obsolete activities that can be ended,” wrote Mulvaney in the memo.

He noted, however, that only reporting requirements are being eliminated and said that care is still required and expected. “I don’t think anybody perceives this as license to start goofing off again,” said Mulvaney.

Among the requirements being eliminated are the implementation guidelines for agencies to prevent the Y2K bug. Seven policies are being repealed that set out requirements for agencies in preparing for IT disruptions related to the year 2000.

Another example was reporting requirements for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The memo notes that agency data collection requirements for this event are now eliminated since related litigation has been settled.

The OMB memo contains a complete list of regulations that are being either eliminated or modified. A copy is included below.

“We’re looking for stuff everyone agrees is a complete waste of time,” Mulvaney said in a press conference. “Many agencies have forgotten how to deregulate. It’s been so long since somebody asked them to look backwards.”

OMB Memo Re: Reducing Regulatory Burden for Federal Agencies

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