House Hearing on Paperwork Reduction

March 29, 2017

On, March 29, 2017, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to explore the implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) and its effectiveness in reducing small businesses’ paperwork burden. The hearing, “Evaluating the Paperwork Reduction Act: Are Burdens Being Reduced?” was chaired by Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and featured witnesses from various associations, think-tanks and one small-business owner.

The hearing explored the passage of PRA in 1980, which established the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and has been updated and reauthorized several times since then. Annually, the American public spends $2 trillion complying with federal regulations and roughly eight billion hours complying with regulations and paperwork demands.

To address the growing paperwork burden facing small business, NSBA believes that agencies must be required to consider indirect costs and provide detailed alternatives to minimize any significant adverse impact. Additionally, we support: expanded economic analyses; enhanced oversight by OIRA; requiring agencies to use plain writing when revising or drafting new regulations; streamline paperwork, consolidate forms and harmonize data and due dates; and strengthen the PRA requirement that agencies’ chief information officers review and both certify and limit information collection requests.

Click here to watch the hearing and read testimony.