The Paperwork Reduction Act


The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 requires that agencies obtain Office of Management and Budget approval before requesting most types of information from the public. "Information collections" include forms, interviews, recordkeeping requirements, and vessel and gear marking, to name a few categories. See General Information for details.

This Home Page is intended to provide employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with information about the PRA's requirements in this area and the status of clearance requests or approvals. The owner of this site is the Governance and Portfolio Division of the Office of the Chief Information Officer and High Performance Computing and Communications, NOAA. For assistance or answers to questions, contact the NOAA Clearance Officer, Sarah Brabson: Routing Code CIO-PPA1, phone (301) 628-5751. Sarah will also give PRA presentations on request.

Additional PRA Information:

DOC PRA brochure

PRA Guidance - This page provides basic PRA guidance as well as instructions for making a PRA clearance request. Includes OMB guidance on surveys.

Laws and Regulations

Status Reports - These reports show approved collections, federal regulations cited in collections, and OMB information collection submission review status.

Approved Submissions - This page provides access to copies of the most current cleared requests with the OMB Notice of Action attached, along with status notes.

Privacy Impact Assessments - Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) are required by Section 208 of the E-Government Act for all Federal government agencies that develop or procure new technology(e.g. an electronic database) involving the collection, maintenance or dissemination of personally identifiable information or that make substantial changes to existing technology for managing information in identifiable form. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) ensures that PIAs necessitated under the E-Government Act are completed by requiring them as part of the annual budget process. Some information collections under the PRA involve new or upgraded databases and thus would require PIAs.