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house Bill H.R. 3628

Reducing Paper-Pushing for the EPA and DOT

Argument in favor

Rids or consolidates outdated reporting requirements while retaining Congressional oversight and increasing transparency.

Argument opposed

Presumes certain environmental reports (for example, on ocean dumping) are unneeded in light of more restrictive laws.

What is House Bill H.R. 3628?

Eliminates, consolidates, modifies, or no longer requires printing of 27 reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and several agencies within the Department of Transportation (DOT) would otherwise have to submit to Congress.


Much of the bill's content deals with changes from paper to digital formats. In some instances, such as the Marine Safety Reports Program, the language of the bill would seem to indicate that consolidation/concision provides better oversight. Removes mandatory annual audits of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3628

The CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Reducing the number of reports issued by EPA and DOT and eliminating the printing of others could reduce the administrative costs of those agencies. However, based on information from the agencies involved, CBO expects that any such savings over the next five years would total less than $1 million.

More Information


Transportation Reports Elimination Act of 2014

Official Title

To eliminate certain unnecessary reporting requirements and consolidate or modify others, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed January 8th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 406 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    IntroducedDecember 2nd, 2013

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