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Information Collection Budget

The Information Collection Budget (ICB) is a management tool used by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department officials to account for and control the total paperwork and information collection burden that the federal government and individual agencies are placing on the public. The burden for an individual collection is most commonly calculated by multiplying the estimated time required to respond by the number of respondents.

OMB issues a call for the ICB each year. Operating Divisions are asked to confirm a listing of changes in burden hours and costs for the previous fiscal year as provided by OMB, and any new information collections for the upcoming fiscal year. The annual OMB data call provides specific instructions on the information to be included about new collections and any other information OMB wants highlighted.

OMB annually produces a comprehensive which is included with its annual report to Congress.