This rule implements the amendments to the Paperwork Reduction Act
of 1980 made by the Paperwork Reduction Reauthorization Act of 1986.
In amendments to 44 U.S.C 3507, Congress sought to enable the public
to participate more meaningfully in the Federal paperwork review
process. This rule requires agencies (1) to include, in the Federal
Register notice that indicates submission to OMB of an information
collection clearance package, an estimate of the average burden
hours per response, and (2) to indicate on each collection of
information form the estimated average burden hours per response,
together with a request that respondents direct to the agency and
OMB any comments on the accuracy of the estimate and suggestions for
reducing the burden. This rule also clarifies the applicability of
the Paperwork Reduction Act to collections of information contained
in proposed and current regulations.