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H.R. 2433 (ih) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals to designate any portion of a refund for use by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in providing catastrophic health coverage to individuals who do not otherwise have he...
108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2432 To amend the Paperwork Reduction Act and titles 5 and 31, United States Code, to reform Federal paperwork and regulatory processes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES June 11, 2003 Mr. Ose (for himself, Mr. Tanner, Mr. Tom Davis of Virginia, Mr. Moore, Mr. Janklow, Mr. Matheson, and Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Paperwork Reduction Act and titles 5 and 31, United States Code, to reform Federal paperwork and regulatory processes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Paperwork and Regulatory Improvements Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds the following: (1) In 1980, in the Paperwork Reduction Act, Congress established the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget. OIRA's principal responsibility is to reduce the paperwork burden on the public that results from the collection of information by or for the Federal Government. In 2002, OIRA estimated that the paperwork burden imposed on the public was 7.7 billion hours, at a cost of $230 billion. The Internal Revenue Service accounted for 83 percent of the paperwork burden. (2) In 1995, Congress amended the Paperwork Reduction Act and established annual governmentwide paperwork reduction goals of 10 percent for each of fiscal years 1996 and 1997, and 5 percent for each of fiscal years 1998 through 2001, but the paperwork burden increased, rather than decreased, in each of those fiscal years and fiscal year 2002. Both the Office of Management and Budget and the Internal Revenue Service need to devote additional attention to paperwork reduction. (3) In 2002, the House Report accompanying the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2003 (House Report 107- 575) stated, ``The Office of Management and Budget has reported that paperwork burdens on Americans have increased in each of the last six years. Since the Internal Revenue Service imposes over 80 percent of these paperwork burdens, the Committee believes that OMB should work to identify and review proposed and existing IRS paperwork.''. (4) One key to success in paperwork reduction is the Office of Management and Budget's systematic review of every new and revised agency paperwork proposal. Recent statutory exemptions from that office's review responsibility, especially those without any stated justification, should be removed. (5) In 2000, researchers Mark Crain of George Mason University and Thomas Hopkins of the Rochester Institute of Technology, in their October 2001 publication titled ``The Impact of Regulatory Costs on Small Firms'', estimated that Americans spend $843 billion annually to comply with Federal regulations. Congress has a responsibility to review major rules (as defined by section 804 of title 5, United States Code) proposed by agencies, especially regulatory alternatives and the costs and benefits associated with each of them. In 2000, in the Truth in Regulating Act, Congress established new responsibility within the General Accounting Office to assist Congress with this responsibility. (6) In 1996, because of the increasing costs and incompletely estimated benefits of Federal rules and paperwork, Congress required the Office of Management and Budget for the first time to submit an annual report to Congress on the total costs and benefits to the public of Federal rules and paperwork requirements, including an assessment of the effects of Federal rules on the private sector and State and local governments. In 1998, Congress changed the annual report's due date to coincide with the due date of the President's budget, so that Congress and the public could be given an opportunity to simultaneously review both the on-budget and off-budget costs associated with the regulatory and paperwork requirements of each Federal agency. In 2000, Congress made this a permanent annual reporting requirement. (7) The Office of Management and Budget requires agencies to submit annual budget and paperwork burden estimates in order to prepare certain required reports for Congress, but it does not require agencies to submit estimates on costs and benefits of agency rules and paperwork. The Office of Management and Budget needs to require agencies to submit such estimates on costs and benefits to help prepare the annual accounting statement and associated report required under section 624 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001. SEC. 3. REDUCTION OF TAX PAPERWORK. Section 3504 of title 44, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(i) In carrying out subsection (c)(3), the Director shall assign, at a minimum, the equivalent of at least 2 fulltime staffers to review the Federal information collection burden on the public imposed by the Internal Revenue Service.''. SEC. 4. REPEAL OF EXEMPTIONS FROM PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT, ETC. The following provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-171) are repealed: (1) Subparagraphs (A) and (C) of section 1601(c)(2). (2) Section 1601(c)(3). (3) Section 2702(b)(1)(A). (4) Section 2702(b)(2)(A). (5) Section 2702(c). (6) Subparagraphs (A) and (C) of section 6103(b)(2). (7) Section 6103(b)(3). (8) Subparagraphs (A) and (C) of section 10105(d)(2). (9) Section 10105(d)(3). SEC. 5. AMENDMENT OF TRUTH IN REGULATING ACT TO MAKE PERMANENT PILOT PROJECT FOR REPORT ON RULES. The purpose of this section is to make permanent the authority to request the performance of regulatory analysis to enhance Congressional responsibility for regulatory decisions developed under the laws enacted by Congress. The Truth in Regulating Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-312; 5 U.S.C. 801 note) is amended-- (1) in the heading for section 4, by striking ``pilot project for''; (2) by striking section 5 and redesignating section 6 as section 5; and (3) in section 5 (as redesignated by paragraph (2))-- (A) in the heading, by striking ``and duration of pilot project''; (B) in subsection (a), by striking ``(a) Effective Date.--''; and (C) by striking subsections (b) and (c). SEC. 6. IMPROVED REGULATORY ACCOUNTING. (a) Requirement for Agencies To Submit Information on Regulations and Paperwork to OMB.--Section 624 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106-554; 114 Stat. 2763A-161), is amended-- (1) by redesignating subsections (b), (c), and (d) as subsections (e), (f), and (g), respectively, and (2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following new subsection: ``(b) Agency Submissions to OMB.--To carry out subsection (a), the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall require each agency annually to submit to the Office of Management and Budget an estimate of the total annual costs and benefits of Federal rules and paperwork-- ``(1) for the agency in the aggregate; and ``(2) for each agency program.''. (b) Requirement for OMB Accounting Statement To Cover Same Years Covered by Budget.--Section 624 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106-554; 114 Stat. 2763A-161), is further amended by inserting after subsection (b), as added by subsection (a), the following new subsection: ``(c) Years Covered by Accounting Statement.--Each accounting statement submitted under this section shall, at a minimum-- ``(1) cover the fiscal year for which the statement is submitted and each of the 4 fiscal years after that fiscal year; and ``(2) cover the current fiscal year and the fiscal year prior to the current fiscal year.''. (c) Integration of OMB Accounting Statement and Report Into President's Budget.--Section 624 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106-554; 114 Stat. 2763A-161) is further amended-- (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``with the budget'' and inserting ``as part of the budget''; and (2) by inserting after subsection (c), as added by subsection (b), the following new subsection: ``(d) Form of Submission.--The accounting statement and associated report required by subsection (a) shall be included in the budget documents submitted under section 1105 of title 31, United States Code, in a form that allows direct comparison of the budget for activities and functions of the Government with the costs and benefits to the public of Federal rules and paperwork associated with those activities and functions.''. (d) Pilot Projects for Regulatory Budgeting.--(1) Chapter 11 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``Sec. 1120 Pilot projects for regulatory budgeting ``(a) The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after consultation with the head of each agency, shall designate not less than five agencies as pilot projects in regulatory budgeting for fiscal years 2006 and 2007. The designated agencies shall reflect a representative range of Federal regulatory programs, and shall include at least the Department of Labor, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. ``(b) Pilot projects in the designated agencies shall cover the preparation of regulatory budgets. Such budgets shall present, for one or more of the major regulatory programs of the agency, the varying levels of costs and benefits to the public that would result from different budgeted amounts. ``(c) The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall include, as an alternative budget presentation in the budget submitted under section 1105 for fiscal year 2007, the regulatory budgets of the designated agencies for that fiscal year. ``(d) No later than the first Monday in February of 2009, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall transmit to the President and to Congress a report on the regulatory budgeting pilot projects. The report shall-- ``(1) assess the feasibility and advisability of including a regulatory budget as part of the annual budget submitted under section 1105; ``(2) describe any difficulties encountered by the pilot agencies in preparing a regulatory budget; and ``(3) recommend whether legislation requiring regulatory budgets should be proposed and the general provisions of any legislation. ``(e) After receipt of the report required under subsection (d), Congress may specify that a regulatory budget be submitted as part of the annual budget submitted under section 1105.''. (2) The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item: ``1120. Pilot projects for regulatory budgeting.''. <all>
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