Paperwork Reduction Act [PRA] Law and Legal Definition

The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) is a federal law passed in 1980 that gave authority over the collection of certain information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). PRA aims to reduce the amount of paperwork which needs to be handled by federal agencies, businesses, and private citizens, reducing the burden on people who routinely handle paperwork. PRA established the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to regulate matters regarding federal information and to establish information policies. It was amended in 1995 and the amendment increased the security of information collected by the government, while expanding public access to relevant collected data.