The Realities of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995: A Government-Wide Strategy for Information Resources Management

The Realities of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995: A Government-Wide Strategy for Information Resources Management

Patricia Diamond Fletcher (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-060-8.ch004
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Abstract

The strategic management practices required for the use of information and information technologies under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (P.L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. § 3501) comprise an important toolkit for federal agencies. There is a special need for strategic planning and management of information in an era of electronic government initiatives, homeland security, federal workforce retention problems, and inter/intra-governmental agency data sharing programs and systems. The PRA sets the policy agenda for information resources management in the US federal government and places the guidance and oversight for enacting the PRA in the Executive Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At both the level of guidance and practice, the PRA has had mixed success since it was initially signed into law in 1980. OMB has not met its statutory responsibilities under the PRA, and the federal government is left without a cohesive direction and agenda for information resources management.

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