New law reinstates burdensome reports

President Bush signed a law Wednesday that reinstates nearly 30 reports eliminated under a six-year-old law aimed at reducing unnecessary paperwork. Sponsored by Rep. Felix Grucci, R-N.Y., H.R. 1042 restored 29 reports that lawmakers deemed are relevant to oversight responsibilities for the House Committee on Science. Included in the reinstated reports are a biennial report from the President on activities of all agencies in the field of marine science, an annual report on the National Technology Information Service and its activities, updates to the National Earthquake Hazards Reductions Program, and an annual report on the application of new technologies to reduce aircraft noise levels. "Some reporting requirements were arguably obsolete, but these reports contained much of the information that the executive branch supplies to Congress, ranging from the annual budget documents to reports on the functioning of specific government programs," Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, told legislators when the bill was introduced. "These reports go to the heart of executive branch accountability and Congress oversight responsibilities. It is hard to fathom how Congress could do its job of reviewing executive branch activities and making intelligent and legislative decisions without current detailed information on many of those subjects." The 29 reports were removed from the books under the 1995 Federal Reports Elimination and Sunset Act ( S.790), which aimed to "alleviate the paperwork burden on executive branch agencies." After signing the bill, Bush said he was concerned that the restored reporting requirements may still overburden agencies. "I remain concerned that many of the existing statutory reporting requirements impose an excessive burden on executive branch agencies," Bush said. "In particular, I am concerned that some of the reports reinstated by H.R. 1042 are either obsolete or duplicative of other reporting requirements." The President said he would work to reduce the burden of unnecessary statutory reporting requirements while respecting congressional oversight responsibilities.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.