ERIC Number: ED218745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May-26
Reference Count: N/A
Education Paperwork Requirements Are Burdensome: Better Federal Controls Needed. Report to the Congress.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
In 1978 the U.S. Congress passed the Control of Paperwork Amendments to control education-related paperwork and reduce unnecessary reporting. A study by the General Accounting Office (GAO) found that by 1981 the requirements of the law had yet to be met. According to the GAO, the Secretary of Education should reactivate the Federal Education Data Acquisition Council; ensure that only under very unusual circumstances will information collection requests not publicly announced prior to February 15 before the school year be imposed on respondents; implement all the paperwork amendments' requirements; work with the federal Office of Management and Budget to develop efficient coordinating procedures and compatible automated systems for identifying information collection redundancies; and conduct feasibility and cost analyses of automated indexing system alternatives before undertaking further system development. This document discusses the factors considered by the GAO in developing these recommendations, describes the recommendations in greater detail, and presents the Department of Education's responses to the recommendations. Appendixes include the text of the relevant amendments and related legislative material. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Data Collection, Educational Legislation, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government School Relationship, Information Processing, Legal Responsibility, Records (Forms)
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (first five copies, free).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.