Beth Cobert targets unneeded agency reports. (Rob Curtis/Staff)
The White House has identified 74 government reports that could be eliminated or consolidated to save agencies time and money.
Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a June 25 blog post that identifying the reports is part of the administration’s management agenda. The 74 are in addition to the 350 outdated reports agencies identified in 2012.
“Every year, Congress requires federal agencies to produce thousands of written reports and plans on far ranging topics. While these reports and plans often provide useful information for legislative decision-making, oversight, and public transparency, some reports and plans that were once useful have become outdated or duplicative, and needlessly divert time and resources away from critical agency mission activities,” Cobert wrote.
The reports include the Department of Homeland Security’s Dog and Cat Fur Protection Act annual report, which has recorded only one violation in the last five years. Another is the Interior Department’s annual report on the Royalty-in-Kind program, which was discontinued in 2009.
Cobert said in the blog post that Congress has already shown its willingness to eliminate unneeded report and there is currently legislation that would accomplish that.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed a bill June 25 that would eliminate or consolidate more than 300 reports, including those identified by Cobert.
“The administration looks forward to working closely with Congress as we continue to make progress in this area in the months and years ahead,” Cobert said.