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The Department of State has enhanced public participation and has reduced errors by processing information electronically:

  • Program Offices submit documents to send to OMB in electronic format, avoiding transcription errors.
  • Burden data provided to DIR through electronic submission so this information can be directly sent to OMB, automatic calculation fields eliminate error.
  • Federal Register documents are provided in electronic format so direct submission to FR of these electronic documents eliminates transcription errors.
  • Public comments are sent electronically to .  The comments are visible to other members or the public; the Department will respond to all comments on the relevant final rule.
  • Electronic documents provided for public comment requests eliminate errors that could be associated with verbal/phone responses.


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