The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking for feedback on its programs, looking for suggestions for ways to modify, streamline, clarify or repeal elements of them, with the goal of improving access to USDA programs.
Ultimately, the agency wishes to minimize the "burdens on individuals, businesses and communities attempting to access programs that promote economic growth, create jobs and protect the health and safety of the American people," USDA said in a release.
"The comments will allow us to hear directly from those who use USDA programs as we work to streamline rules in a way that improves access to resources intended to create jobs and grow the economy," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
USDA's efforts initially are focused on Rural Development, the Risk Management Agency, the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Of particular interest are suggestions for simplifying and reducing the reporting burden for entry and access to USDA programs, while reducing its administrative and operating costs by sharing similar data across participating agencies.
The comment period will run through May 20. To offer suggestions, click http://www.regulations.gov/#!home.