Congressional Reports

Efforts To Eliminate or Modify Reporting Requirements Need To Be Improved Gao ID: AFMD-88-4 April 19, 1988

GAO reviewed the procedures that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and five executive branch agencies used to compile and present a legislative proposal for modifying or eliminating 240 congressional reporting requirements.

GAO found that: (1) as of fiscal year 1985, there were approximately 3,300 recurring reporting requirements, which cost agencies about $240 million; and (2) although OMB used agency recommendations to develop a legislative proposal to modify or eliminate 240 reporting requirements, Congress only changed or rescinded 23. GAO also found that: (1) agencies did not sufficiently communicate with Congress either before or after submitting the proposal; (2) most of the justifications presented did not adequately demonstrate the need to eliminate or modify the reporting requirements; and (3) agencies did not use existing reports management processes to ensure that the recommendations they made satisfied congressional information needs.


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