I do research work for a government contractor. I'm trying to determine whether diary studies, specifically "feedback studies" as described in that link, and tree testing are exempt from the requirement to get Office of Management and Budget approval, per the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

Resources on the Paperwork Reduction Act:

  1. Official text
  2. Blog post with guidance on implications for research
  3. 18F Method cards - on how some design and research methods are affected by the PRA
  4. List of exclusions from the OMB approval requirement

The exclusion that I think diary studies and tree testing might fall under is examinations , Examinations designed to test the aptitude, abilities, or knowledge of the persons tested and the collection of information for identification or classification in connection with such examinations 5 C.F.R. 1320.3(h)(7). I'm not sure whether diary studies and tree tests count as examinations though. Is there any precedent for this?

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