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From Red Tape to Smart Tape

Administrative Simplification in OECD Countries

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“Too much red tape” is a common complaint from businesses and citizens in OECD countries. This report analyses proven approaches commonly adopted by governments to reduce and streamline  administrative procedures like one-stop shops (physical and electronic), simplification of permits and licence procedures, time limits for decision-making, methods to measure administrative burdens, regulatory-compliance assistance for small and medium-size companies, and increasing reliance on IT-based solutions.

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Administrative Simplification in the United States

There is a wide-spread and bi-partisan support for the concept of burden reduction and simplification of regulatory requirements in the United States. A great number of laws and orders that require impact statements, consultations, consideration of regulatory alternatives or plain language drafting ensure that these concepts are taken into account in the regulation-writing process. At the implementation end, programme ombudsmen and one-stop shops are proliferating. Assistance to small business in implementing regulations is also very common. The spectacular improvements in information technology and the rise of the Internet as a stream of commerce and information act as an important ...

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