The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) codified in 44 USC Chapter 35 requires that all Federal Agencies receive approval from the Officer of Management & Budget (OMB) prior to collecting information from the public. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is the organization within OMB that reviews and approves Information Collection Requests (ICRs) for all Federal Agencies. The intent of the PRA is to minimize burden on the public to provide information to the Federal Government and also to ensure the maximum practicable information sharing across the Federal Government.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) PRA Program focuses on providing the DOI bureaus and offices with the most efficient possible ways of obtaining PRA approvals, while ensuring maximum utilization of information across the various bureaus within DOI. This is achieved by establishing a closely integrated team of Information Collection Clearance Officers from each of the DOI bureaus and by leveraging automation wherever possible.
DOI bureaus like the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Federal Consulting Group either have or are working on their own generic clearances for social science, citizen science, and American Customer Satisfaction Index customer satisfaction measurement. In addition DOI maintains department-wide Fast Track clearances for qualitative feedback on agency services, as well as, overall customer satisfaction surveys.
The following links provide additional information about DOI’s Paperwork Reduction Act Program: