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107th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 327 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 15, 2001 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To amend chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, for the purpose of facilitating compliance by small businesses with certain Federal paperwork requirements and to establish a task force to examine the feasibility of streamlining paperwork requirements applicable to small businesses. 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 ``Small Business Paperwork Relief Act''. SEC. 2. FACILITATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS. (a) Requirements Applicable to the Director of OMB.--Section 3504(c) of chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code (commonly referred to as the ``Paperwork Reduction Act''), is amended-- (1) in paragraph (4), by striking ``; and'' and inserting a semicolon; (2) in paragraph (5), by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs: ``(6) publish in the Federal Register on an annual basis-- ``(A) a list of the requirements applicable to small-business concerns (within the meaning of section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.)) with respect to collection of information by agencies, organized in such a manner that such small-business concerns can easily identify requirements with which they are expected to comply (e.g., organized by North American Industrial Classification System code and industrial/sector description (as published by the Office of Management and Budget)); and ``(B) the agency that issued each such requirement and the website address for such agency; and ``(7) make available on the Internet the information described in paragraph (6).''. (b) Establishment of Agency Point of Contact.--Section 3506 of such chapter 35 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(i) In addition to the requirements described in subsection (c), each agency shall, with respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork, establish one point of contact in the agency to act as a liaison between the agency and small-business concerns (within the meaning of section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.)).''. (c) Additional Reduction of Paperwork for Certain Small Businesses.--Section 3506(c) of such chapter is amended-- (1) in paragraph (2)(B), by striking ``; and'' and inserting a semicolon; (2) in paragraph (3)(J), by striking the period and inserting ``; and''; and (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph: ``(4) in addition to the requirements of this Act regarding the reduction of paperwork for small-business concerns (within the meaning of section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.)), make efforts to further reduce the paperwork burden for small-business concerns with fewer than 25 employees.''. (d) Effective Date Regarding Publication of Requirements.--The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall publish the first list of requirements required under paragraph (6) of section 3504(c) of title 44, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)), and make such list available on the Internet as required by paragraph (7) of such section (as added by subsection (a)), not later than the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this Act. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF TASK FORCE TO STUDY STREAMLINING OF PAPERWORK COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS AND DISSEMINATION FOR SMALL- BUSINESS CONCERNS. (a) In General.--Chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, is further amended by adding at the end of subchapter I the following new section: ``Sec. 3521. Establishment of task force on feasibility of streamlining information collection requirements and dissemination ``(a) There is hereby established a task force (in this section referred to as the `task force') to study the feasibility of streamlining requirements with respect to small-business concerns regarding collection of information and strengthening dissemination of information. ``(b) The members of the task force shall be appointed by the Director, and shall include the following: ``(1) At least two representatives of the Department of Labor, including one representative of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and one representative of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. ``(2) At least one representative of the Environmental Protection Agency. ``(3) At least one representative of the Department of Transportation. ``(4) At least one representative of the Department of the Treasury. ``(5) At least one representative of the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. ``(6) At least one representative of each of two agencies other than the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Department of the Treasury, and the Small Business Administration. ``(7) At least two representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services, including one representative of the Health Care Financing Administration. ``(c) The task force shall examine the feasibility of requiring each agency to consolidate requirements regarding collections of information with respect to small-business concerns within and across agencies without negatively impacting the effectiveness of underlying laws regarding such collections of information, in order that each small-business concern may submit all information required by an agency-- ``(1) to one point of contact in the agency; ``(2) in a single format, or using a single electronic reporting system, with respect to the agency; and ``(3) on the same date. ``(d)(1) Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act, the task force shall submit a report of its findings under subsection (c) to-- ``(A) the chairmen and ranking minority members of the Committee on Government Reform and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Small Business of the Senate; and ``(B) the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. ``(2) Not later than two years after the date of the enactment of such Act, the task force shall submit to the individuals described in paragraph (1) a report examining strengthening dissemination of information and including-- ``(A) recommendations for implementing an interactive system for the requirements in section 3504(c)(6) that would allow small-business concerns to identify information collection requirements electronically; ``(B) guidelines for each agency for developing interactive reporting systems that include a component that edits the information submitted by a small-business concern for consistency; ``(C) recommendations for electronic dissemination of such information; and ``(D) recommendations, created in consultation with the Chief Information Officers Council (established pursuant to Executive Order 13011, issued July 16, 1996), for the coordination of information among the points of contact described in section 3506(i), so that those points of contact can provide small-business concerns with information collection requirements from other agencies. ``(e) As used in this section, the term `small-business concern' has the meaning given that term under section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.).''. (b) Conforming Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 3520 the following new item: ``3521. Establishment of task force on feasibility of streamlining information collection requirements and dissemination.''. Passed the House of Representatives March 15, 2001. Attest: JEFF TRANDAHL, Clerk.
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