The Department of Transportation can use its highway safety information more effectively by summarizing available data and conducting followup surveys to assess the need for, or value of, required paperwork. For example, the truckers' Driver's Daily Log creates millions of pieces of paper each year but has not been evaluated to determine whether companies which have repeated violations are taking corrective action. The Interstate Commerce Commission should strengthen its paperwork management controls. GAO found that the Commission (1) submitted requirements to GAO for approval which were either inaccurate or incomplete and occasionally collected unauthorized data, (2) delayed action to eliminate one requirement which cost business about 164,000 staff hours annually, (3) could reduce the paperwork burden on business by at least 218,800 hours annually by eliminating or revising another major requirement, and (4) delayed or disapproved without adequate justification implementation of certain recommendations for paperwork reduction. This report, the second in a series on paperwork burden imposed on segments of American business, contains recommendations to both agencies to improve management of their programs. (Author)

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  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 70 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334678
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GGD-81-32
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM