GSA deletes outdated interagency reports program

The General Services Administration today cancelled a 30-year-old rule on data-sharing practices among agencies that has been superseded by use of the Web.

The rule had required that agencies conduct annual reviews of the reporting requirements they impose on other agencies and report their findings to GSA.

In the Federal Register, GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy issued a final rule that deletes the specific requirements of the Interagency Reports Management Program, which is a part of the Federal Management Regulation.

The 30-year-old directive 'no longer serve[s] a useful purpose, in the view of the evolution of federal records management practices affecting records creation and federal policies that encourage agencies to share information electronically,' GSA said in the notice.

The rule is not subject to public comment because it affects only federal agencies.

This is the second time in four years GSA has modified the requirement. In 2001, GSA removed the provision that required agencies to receive approval before imposing reporting requirements on other agencies. The hope, GSA said, was to shorten the time between when an agency determines a need for interagency information and when the agency could initiate the process to receive the data.

GSA noted that with more and more agencies sharing information online, the 'rules placed an unnecessary burden on agencies that seems to have minimal benefit.'

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