One Goal Congress, Administration Share: Elimination of Outdated and Duplicated Reports

The Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) required federal agencies to identify for elimination or modification plans and reports that are outdated or duplicative.

Since that time, the Obama administration and Congress has shown a rare, bipartisan shared interest in fulfilling that GPRAMA requirement.

Last week in a blog post by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director Beth Cobert, the administration produced a list of 74 reports it recommends for elimination or consolidation.

“Every year, Congress requires Federal agencies to produce thousands of written reports and plans on far ranging topics.  While these reports and plans often provide useful information for legislative decision-making, oversight, and public transparency, some reports and plans that were once useful have become outdated or duplicative, and needlessly divert time and resources away from critical agency mission activities,” Cobert stated.

An annual report on violations of the Dog and Cat Fur Protection Act, which has been required since 2000 but has found only one violation in the past five years, was cited as an example of a report due for elimination.

Back in December 2012, the administration produced a list of 376 report modification proposals for Congress, several of which have been repealed.

Bi-partisan legislation in Congress has also sought to cut down on the number and volume of required reports agencies must produce.

The Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014 (H.R. 4194), introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Rob Woodall (R-GA) passed the House this spring. Similar Senate legislation (S. 2109) introduced by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and cosponsored by Claire McCaskill (D-MO) was recently approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“This common-sense, bipartisan bill carries on the past good work of this Committee in finding ways to increase efficiency in the federal government and save taxpayer dollars…Those of us in Congress have a responsibility to be judicious stewards of the resources taxpayers invest in America, and ensure those resources are managed honestly, transparently and effectively. This bill helps us do just that,” Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) said.

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