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(1) by publication in the Federal Register, provide notice and an opportunity for public comment on each report in draft form; and (2) make provision in each report for the inclusion of —

(A) any additional or dissenting views of task force members; and

(B) a summary of significant public comments. (e) Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, the task force shall submit a report of its findings under subsection (c) (1), (2), and (3) to

(1) the Director;
(2) the chairpersons and ranking minority members of

(A) the Committee on Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate; and

(B) the Committee on Government Reform and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives; and

(3) the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman designated under section 30(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657(b)).

(f) Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, the task force shall submit a report of its findings under subsection (c) (4) and (5) to

(1) the Director;
(2) the chairpersons and ranking minority members of

(A) the Committee on Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate; and

(B) the Committee on Government Reform and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives; and

(3) the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman designated under section 30(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657(b)). (g) The task force shall terminate after completion of its work.

(h) In this section, the term “small business concern” has the meaning given under section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632). $ 3521. Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to carry out the provisions of this subchapter, and for no other purpose, $8,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

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ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS

GOVERNMENT PAPERWORK ELIMINATION ACT 1

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TITLE XVII-GOVERNMENT PAPERWORK ELIMINATION ACT

SEC. 1701. SHORT TITLE.

This title may be cited as the “Government Paperwork Elimination Act”. SEC. 1702. AUTHORITY OF OMB TO PROVIDE FOR ACQUISITION AND

USE OF ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES BY

EXECUTI AGENCIES. Section 3504(a)(1)(B)(vi) of title 44, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(Executed in preceding materials) SEC. 1703. PROCEDURES FOR USE AND ACCEPTANCE OF ELECTRONIC

SIGNATURES BY EXECUTIVE AGENCIES. (a) IN GENERAL.—In order to fulfill the responsibility to administer the functions assigned under chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, the provisions of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (divisions D and E of Public Law 104-106) and the amendments made by that Act, and the provisions of this title, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall, in consultation with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, develop procedures for the use and acceptance of electronic signatures by Executive agencies.

(b) REQUIREMENTS FOR PROCEDURES.-(1) The procedures developed under subsection (a

(A) shall be compatible with standards and technology for electronic signatures that are generally used in commerce and industry and by State governments;

may not inappropriately favor one industry or technology;

(C) shall ensure that electronic signatures are as reliable as is appropriate for the purpose in question and keep intact the information submitted;

(D) shall provide for the electronic acknowledgment of electronic forms that are successfully submitted; and

(E) shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, require an Executive agency that anticipates receipt by electronic means of 50,000 or more submittals of a particular form to take all steps necessary to ensure that multiple methods of electronic signatures are available for the submittal of such form.

(2) The Director shall ensure the compatibility of the procedures under paragraph (1)(A) in consultation with appropriate private bodies and State government entities that set standards for the use and acceptance of electronic signatures. SEC. 1704. DEADLINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION BY EXECUTIVE AGEN

1 Title XVII of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1999 (Public Law 105–277, 112 Stat. 2681-749, 44 U.S.C. 3504 note).

CIES OF PROCEDURES FOR USE AND ACCEPTANCE OF

ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES. In order to fulfill the responsibility to administer the functions assigned under chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, the provisions of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (divisions D and E of Public Law 104-106) and the amendments made by that Act, and the provisions of this title, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall ensure that, commencing not later than five years after the date of enactment of this Act, Executive agencies provide

(1) for the option of the electronic maintenance, submission, or disclosure of information, when practicable as a substitute for paper; and

(2) for the use and acceptance of electronic signatures, when practicable. SEC. 1705. ELECTRONIC STORAGE AND FILING OF EMPLOYMENT

FORMS. In order to fulfill the responsibility to administer the functions assigned under chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, the provisions of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (divisions D and É of Public Law 104-106) and the amendments made by that Act, and the provisions of this title, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall, not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, develop procedures to permit private employers to store and file electronically with Executive agencies forms containing information pertaining to the employees of such employers. SEC. 1706. STUDY ON USE OF ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES.

(a) ONGOING STUDY REQUIRED.-In order to fulfill the responsibility to administer the functions assigned under chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, the provisions of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (divisions D and E of Public Law 104-106) and the amendments made by that Act, and the provisions of this title, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall, in cooperation with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, conduct an ongoing study of the use of electronic signatures under this title on

(1) paperwork reduction and electronic commerce;
(2) individual privacy; and

(3) the security and authenticity of transactions. (b) REPORTS.-The Director shall submit to Congress on a periodic basis a report describing the results of the study carried out under subsection (a). SEC. 1707. ENFORCEABILITY AND LEGAL EFFECT OF ELECTRONIC

RECORDS. Electronic records submitted or maintained in accordance with procedures developed under this title, or electronic signatures or other forms of electronic authentication used in accordance with such procedures, shall not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability because such records are in electronic form.

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