Yesterday, I went and applied for a replacement social security card because I had lost my original one at least ten years ago. The application is fairly simple, and unlike every other form of government ID, a social security card is free. Of course, the line to wait in is strenuous, and more than makes up for the free replacement card, but it gave me time to fully read the replacement card application while waiting. And this is where I discovered the stupendous act of federal government known as the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, buried five pages deep in the application (that’s printed on paper.) It’s actually required reading on a good number of government forms that are printed on paper. Had the application gave a government web address and asked the reader to refer to that address for more information on the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, I would’ve thought, “Wow, that’s cool.” But no, they used an additional page to print the Act, which gets tossed away once the application is processed. If this is the government’s take on reduction, I think they need a dictionary….
Oh yeah, I’m sure it took who knows how much paperwork to write, edit and pass the act into law, which negates the whole purpose of the damn thing in the first place…..
And another thing. With the advent of the Internet and email, I’m sure the amount of paperwork the government uses and processes has more than doubled, since they now probably need printed proof of Internet transactions and emails. That’s just speculation, but overall, I’m sure the amount of governmental paperwork has likely increased since the Paperwork Reduction Act was ratified ten years ago.
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
FILE s244.enr –S.244– S.244 One Hundred Fourth Congress of the United States of America
AT THE FIRST SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday, the fourth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-five An Act To further the goals of the Paperwork Reduction Act to have Federal agencies become more responsible and publicly accountable for reducing the burden of Federal paperwork on the public, and for other purposes.