To fulfill its responsibilities under the law, the FCC must often ask its applicants or licensees to fill out forms, maintain records, or disclose information to others. These are known as information collection requirements or, more simply, information collections. The Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Part 35) requires us to get approval for our information collections from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We obtain separate approvals from OMB for each of our information collections.
OMB Control Numbers and Expiration Dates
Types of PRA Submissions to OMB
- Extensions – An extension of OMB approval for an information collection does not involve any change other than an extension of its expiration date. Most extensions must be granted by OMB, but in some cases the Commission can grant its own extensions based on delegated authority from OMB.
- Revisions – A revision involves a change to an existing information collection. The change can involve the people affected by the collection or the specific information collected.
- New collections – If we want to collect or have people maintain or disclose an entirely new kind of information not related to any of our current information collections we call it a new collection.
- How to View FCC Information Collections Currently Under OMB Review 
- How to View Currently Approved FCC Information Collections 
If you can't find the information you need about an FCC information collection on this website, contact us at PRA@fcc.gov  or call 202-418-0214.