OMB Identifies More Reports No One Reads

racorn/Shutterstock.com

Dust-gathering, duplicative or outdated agency reports “needlessly divert time and resources away from critical agency mission activities,” the White House deputy budget director wrote on Wednesday in announcing a new list of 74 reports being recommended for cancellation or consolidation.

Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said the new list “represents another step in the president’s management agenda and overall effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government.” The flagged reports -- added to 376 identified in December 2012-- are posted on Performance.gov as required under the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act.

The announcement came the same day the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee cleared the Government Reports Elimination Act, sponsored by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., which would kill or modify more than 60 federal reports.

The new White House list, Cobert noted, was prepared with the knowledge that “many reporting requirements have long outlived their need. Since 2000, for example, the Department of Homeland Security has been required to prepare an annual report to Congress on violations of the Dog and Cat Fur Protection Act. For quite some time, however, there has been very little to report, with only one violation found in the past five years.” The act prohibits the importation of products with dog or cat fur.

A second example is the Interior Department’s annual report on its energy Royalty-in-Kind program, which was discontinued in 2009, Cobert said.

She praised Congress’ movement on the issue since the administration first broached the subject in 2012. And she cited the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act’s provisions to streamline “about half of the over 150 reports and plans the Defense Department recommended for modification that year.

“Continuing to produce outdated or duplicate government reports year after year is a waste of time and taxpayer money, and I am pleased to see such strong bipartisan support for eliminating or modifying at least 60 of them,” Warner said in a statement Wednesday. “This is a strong start. Federal agencies should be focused on delivering results for taxpayers instead of wasting time and resources producing reports that nobody uses or even reads.”

The House on April 29 passed a bipartisan bill to cancel 79 agency reports. It was co-sponsored by Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Gerry Connolly, D-Va.; and Rob Woodall, R-Ga.

(Image via racorn/Shutterstock.com)

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:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

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