The Times has an article on federal forms. The writer focuses on the GSA approval process for standard and optional forms used across agency lines, but throws in the OMB estimate of reporting burden. I commented there to the effect the government needs redoing.
In the old days, GSA could work towards efficiency by identifying forms that were used in multiple agencies and then creating a standard one. That doesn't work today, because more and more of government is moving to the web. But there's no strong hand keeping people from reinventing the wheel.