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Understanding the Paperwork Reduction Act and Information Collection Approval Process

Posted 02/10/2014

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The goal of the Paperwork Reduction Act is to reduce the amount of paperwork handled by federal agencies, businesses, and citizens.

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 provides the statutory framework for the Federal Government's collection, use, and dissemination of information.  Among other things, the Act requires that every three years federal agencies seek public comment on their proposed and existing "information collections"—in other words, their forms, recordkeeping requirements, questionnaires, surveys, and the like—and submit all information collections to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, for review and approval.

As part of the information collection approval process, we at TTB solicit public comments on particular forms, recordkeeping requirements, and other information collections by periodically publishing information collection notices in the Federal Register.

Beginning in 2014, we will post these published information collection notices, and accept public comments on them, at Regulations.gov. You also have the option to submit written comments via U.S. mail or hand delivery, as described in each notice. 

We will no longer accept comments on information collections via email or fax.

We will post our information collection notices, including links to the appropriate Regulations.gov dockets, on our TTB.gov Commenting on a Form and Information Collection Notices pages.

You also may sign up for email updates about forms and the publication of information collection notices. We appreciate your feedback on our information collections, and we will consider your comments as we revise our forms and other information collection products.

  • Learn more about the Paperwork Reduction Act and OMB's information collection review process at Reginfo.gov.
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