Congress forwarded a bill to President Obama this week that would eliminate 53 outdated, little-used and redundant reports that federal employees spend massive amounts of time to each year to complete.
The reports due to be scrapped include an annual U.S. Customs and Border Protection review of Dog and Cat Fur Protection Act violations. Only one recorded infraction has occurred in the past five years, according to Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who co-sponsored the Senate bill and head the Senate Budget Committee’s Government Performance Task Force.
Another report required each year from the Agriculture Department covered the number of acres of peanuts planted annually.
The report cutting may not end with the legislation Congress sent to the president this week. Warner and Ayotte introduced another measure on Wednesday to eliminate or modify another 67.
“Getting rid of [more than 50] unnecessary reports is a solid start, but we can and should go even further,” Warner said in a statement on Thursday.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who co-sponsored the House bill with Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), called the approved changes a “commonsense step in the right direction, reducing duplicative or outdated reports to save taxpayers money.”
The legislative revisions stem from a 2011 law that required federal agencies to identify outdated and redundant reports that Congress had previously required them to produce on a regular basis.