References - emphasis was added where appropriate.
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Reference 1 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3505(a)(1)

"In carrying out the functions under this chapter, the Director shall, in consultation with agency heads, set an annual Governmentwide goal for the reduction of information collection burdens by at least 10 percent during each of fiscal years 1996 and 1997 and 5 percent during each of fiscal years 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001, and set annual agency goals to reduce information collection burdens imposed on the public that represent the maximum practicable opportunity in each agency."
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Reference 2 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3504(c)(5)

"With respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork, the Director shall maximize the practical utility of and public benefit from information collected by or for the Federal Government and establish and oversee standards and guidelines by which agencies are to estimate the burden to comply with a proposed collection of information."
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Reference 3 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3506(c)(1)(A)(iv)

"With respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork, each agency shall establish a process that is sufficiently independent of program responsibility to evaluate fairly whether proposed collections of information should be approved under this chapter, to review each collection of information before submission to the Director for review under this chapter, including a specific, objectively supported estimate of burden."
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Reference 4 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3506(c)(1)(B)(iii)(III)

"With respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork, each agency shall establish a process that is sufficiently independent of program responsibility to evaluate fairly whether proposed collections of information should be approved under this chapter, to ensure that each information collection informs the person receiving the collection of information of an estimate, to the extent practicable, of the burden of the collection."
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Reference 5 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3506(c)(1)(B)(iii)(V)

"With respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork, each agency shall establish a process that is sufficiently independent of program responsibility to evaluate fairly whether proposed collections of information should be approved under this chapter, to ensure that each information collection informs the person receiving the collection of information of the fact that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid control number."
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Reference 6 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3512

"Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that is subject to this chapter if:

(1) the collection of information does not display a valid control number assigned by the Director in accordance with this chapter; or

(2) the agency fails to inform the person who is to respond to the collection of information that such person is not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a valid control number.

The protection provided by this section may be raised in the form of a complete defense, bar, or otherwise at any time during the agency administrative process or judicial action applicable thereto."
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Reference 7 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3506(c)(3)(D)

"With respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork, each agency shall certify (and provide a record supporting such certification, including public comments received by the agency) that each collection of information submitted to the Director for review under section 3507 is written using plain, coherent, and unambiguous terminology and is understandable to those who are to respond."
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Reference 8 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3502(11)

"As used in this chapter the term 'practical utility' means the ability of an agency to use information, particularly the capability to process such information in a timely and useful fashion."
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Reference 9 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3506(c)(3)(A)

"For any proposed collection of information contained in a proposed rule, provide notice and comment through the notice of proposed rulemaking for the proposed rule and such notice shall certify (and provide a record supporting such certification, including public comments received by the agency) that each collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including that the information has practical utility."
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Reference 10 - Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 - Section 3518(a)

"Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the authority of an agency under any other law to prescribe policies, rules, regulations, and procedures for Federal information resources management activities is subject to the authority of the Director under this chapter."

[Webmaster's note - The FOIA Officers of both the USPTO and the Commerce Department (their parent organization) were unsuccessful at finding any Directorial overrides of the Act.]

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Reference H - Showing requirement from Form PTO/SB/065

"The enclosed statement will show that the delay in timely payment of the maintenance fee was unavoidable since reasonable care was taken to ensure that the maintenance fee would be paid timely and that this petition is being filed promptly after the patentee was notified of, or otherwise became aware of, the expiration of the patent. The statement must enumerate the steps taken to ensure timely payment of the maintenance fee, the date and the manner in which the patentee became aware of the expiration of the patent, and the steps taken to file the petition promptly."
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Reference I - IRS Burden Estimates for Form 1040 and Schedule D

IRS Burden Estimates

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