Much of this growth can be attributed to the Department of Treasury. At 8 billion hours, largely from IRS regulations, whenever there is a large collection of information, Treasury’s rise will significantly increase the national total as well.
From 7.6 billion hours in 2009 to roughly 8.1 billion hours today, Treasury is responsible for approximately 28 percent of the cumulative increase in regulation.
The Health and Human Services has the largest role administering the Affordable Care Act, and unsurprisingly, its regulatory burden has dramatically increased.
From the paperwork perspective, Agriculture is second only to HHS in the number of federal forms. The largest drivers of this growth result from a measure for agriculture worker protection.
[ AAF – December 20, 2016 ]