State Report Shows Too Many State Reports

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - It's official: State departments and agencies are issuing too many reports.

That's the finding of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in its own 668-page report after an 18-month study. The commission's small study team canvassed more than 170 state agencies and the state's public colleges and universities, checking on all the reports they are assigned to do.

In the past, the state regularly compiled a list of about 400 reports that agencies were required by the Legislature to produce. But the commission found more than 1,600, and state records administrator Michael Heskett is pretty sure his team hasn't found them all.

Heskett's initial findings indicate more than 400 report requirements are obsolete, duplicative or not needed as frequently as now required.

Unless these reports are repealed by the Legislature, agencies are required to prepare them, even if the need for the report or the agency preparing it no longer exists.