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VITED STATES. CONGRESS. HOUSE. COMM1790ON GOVERNMEA'T

REFORM, SUB COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH, NATURAL
RESOURCES
REINVENTING PAPERWORK?: THE CLINTON-GORE

ADMINISTRATION'S RECORD ON PAPERWORK
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SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH,
NATURAL RESOURCES, AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON
GOVERNMENT REFORM

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ONE HUNDRED SIXTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

APRIL 12, 2000

Serial No. 106–193

Printed for the use of the Committee on Government Reform

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DAN BURTON, Indiana, Chairman BENJAMIN A. GILMAN, New York

HENRY A. WAXMAN, California CONSTANCE A. MORELLA, Maryland TOM LANTOS, California CHRISTOPHER SHAYS, Connecticut

ROBERT E. WISE, JR., West Virginia ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida

MAJOR R. OWENS, New York JOHN M. MCHUGH, New York

EDOLPHUS TOWNS, New York STEPHEN HORN, California

PAUL E. KANJORSKI, Pennsylvania JOHN L. MICA, Florida

PATSY T. MINK, Hawaii THOMAS M. DAVIS, Virginia

CAROLYN B. MALONEY, New York DAVID M. MCINTOSH, Indiana

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, Washington, MARK E. SOUDER, Indiana

DC JOE SCARBOROUGH, Florida

CHAKA FATTAH, Pennsylvania STEVEN C. LATOURETTE, Ohio

ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland MARSHALL “MARK” SANFORD, South DENNIS J. KUCINICH, Ohio Carolina

ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH, Nlinois BOB BARR, Georgia

DANNY K. DAVIS, Illinois DAN MILLER, Florida

JOHN F. TIERNEY, Massachusetts ASA HUTCHINSON, Arkansas

JIM TURNER, Texas LEE TERRY, Nebraska

THOMAS H. ALLEN, Maine JUDY BIGGERT, Illinois

HAROLD E. FORD, JR., Tennessee
GREG WALDEN, Oregon

JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY, Illinois
DOUG OSE, California
PAUL RYAN, Wisconsin

BERNARD SANDERS, Vermont
HELEN CHENOWETH-HAGE, Idaho

(Independent) DAVID VITTER, Louisiana

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SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND

REGULATORY AFFAIRS

DAVID M. MCINTOSH, Indiana, Chairman PAUL RYAN, Wisconsin

DENNIS J. KUCINICH, Ohio BOB BARR, Georgia

TOM LANTOS, California LEE TERRY, Nebraska

PAUL E. KANJORSKI, Pennsylvania GREG WALDEN, Oregon

BERNARD SANDERS, Vermont HELEN CHENOWETH-HAGE, Idaho

HAROLD E. FORD, JR., Tennessee DAVID VITTER, Louisiana

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DAN BURTON, Indiana

HENRY A. WAXMAN, California
MARLO LEWIS, JR., Staff Director
BARBARA F. KAHLOW, Professional Staff Member

GABRIEL NEIL RUBIN, Clerk
MICHELLE ASH, Minority Counsel

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Hearing held on April 12, 2000

Statement of:

Kingsbury, Nancy, Acting Assistant Comptroller General for the General

Government Division, General Accounting Office

Noe, Cindy, owner, IHM Facility Services, Fishers, IN

Rosenberg, Morton, specialist in American law, Congressional Research

Service

Rossotti, Charles O., Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, Depart-

ment of the Treasury

Runnebohm, Nick, owner, Runnebohm Construction Co., Inc., Shelbyville,

IN

Spotila, John T., Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory

Affairs, Office of Management and Budget

Letters, statements, etc., submitted for the record by:

Chenoweth-Hage, Hon. Helen, a Representative in Congress from the

State of Idaho, prepared statement of

Kingsbury, Nancy, Acting Assistant Comptroller General for the General

Government Division, General Accounting Office, prepared statement

of

Kucinich, Hon. Dennis J., a Representative in Congress from the State

of Ohio, prepared statement of
McIntosh, Hon. David M., a Representative in Congress from the State

of Indiana, prepared statement of

Noe, Cindy, owner, IHM Facility Services, Fishers, IN, prepared state-

ment of

Rosenberg, Morton, specialist in American law, Congressional Research

Service, prepared statement of

Rossotti, Charles O., Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, Depart-

ment of the Treasury, prepared statement of

Runnebohm, Nick, owner, Runnebohm Construction Co., Inc., Shelbyville,

IN, prepared statement of ..

Spotila, John T., Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, prepared statement of

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REINVENTING PAPERWORK?: THE CLINTONGORE ADMINISTRATION'S RECORD ON PAPERWORK REDUCTION

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2000

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH,
NATURAL RESOURCES, AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS,
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM,

Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m., in room 2154, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. David M. McIntosh (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Representatives McIntosh, Ryan, Terry, ChenowethHage, and Kucinich.

Staff present: Marlo Lewis, Jr., staff director; Barbara F. Kahlow, professional staff member; William C. Waller, counsel; Gabriel Neil Ruben, clerk; Michelle Ash and Elizabeth Mundinger, minority counsels, and Elen Rayner, minority chief clerk.

Mr. MCINTOSH. Welcome. The Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs is in order, a quorum being present. Today the subcommittee is conducting a followup to its April 15th, 1999 hearing on the Clinton-Gore administration's record on paperwork reduction. Once again the record shows a minimal number of actual paperwork reduction accomplishments and a minimal number of specific paperwork reduction initiatives in the administration's last 2 years.

Last year's hearing revealed basically no involvement by the Vice President in paperwork reduction even though he heads the administration's Reinventing Government effort. That hearing also reveals the Office of Management and Budget's mismanagement of the paperwork burden imposed on Americans.

Today we will examine if the Vice President and OMB's track records have indeed improved. The Paperwork Reduction Act requires OMB to be the Federal Government's watchdog for paperwork, making OMB responsible for guarding the public's interest in minimizing costly, time consuming and intrusive paperwork burden. Yet OMB failed to push the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies to cut existing paperwork burdens on taxpayers. In fact, last year the IRS, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of the governmentwide paperwork burden on Americans, identified no specific expected paperwork reductions for the year 2000. None.

Worse, the General Accounting Office confirmed at last year's hearing that OMB misled the American people, providing a falsely

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