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SLP Corner: ASHA Call for Feedback to GAO on Paperwork Burden

gao[Source:  The ASHA Leader]

ASHA is working with the U.S. General Accountability Office as the GAO investigates the paperwork burden required to comply with the reporting requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.

In December 2013, in response to ASHA advocacy, Congress requested that the GAO investigate and report on the paperwork burden: what IDEA provisions cause the most paperwork burden; how the paperwork requirements improve educational outcomes; why paperwork reduction provisions in the 2004 IDEA reauthorization have not been implemented; how the use of technology has affected the burden; and what administrative redundancies increase the paperwork burden.

ASHA staff met with GAO representatives at the agency’s request to answer questions and provide information, and ASHA continues to respond to requests for additional information and resources. GAO expects to issue its report in nine to 12 months.

ASHA also has responded to requests from the U.S. Department of Education for comments on the paperwork issue, and is encouraging school-based clinicians to provide feedback about their specific paperwork difficulties ASHA will collect the feedback and share it with the GAO.

For more information, contact Neil Snyder, ASHA director of federal advocacy,[email protected].

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