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Reducing Reporting and Paperwork Burdens

The Department of Labor is taking meaningful steps to reduce regulatory, paperwork and reporting burdens on the American people, including small businesses.

Regulatory Agenda

Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations (Regulatory Agenda) — A list of all regulations expected to be reviewed or developed in the next year; usually published each April and October in the Federal Register; the Fall Agenda also includes the Department's Regulatory Plan, which has additional information on its most significant regulatory activities.

On May 9, 2018, the entirety of the Department's spring 2018 regulatory agenda was made available — The regulatory agenda is a listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during the coming 6- to 12-month period.

Other Regulations Currently Open for Comment

Rulemaking and Regulations

Below are other links to various sources of information on the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) rulemaking activities and regulations

Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules

Executive Order 13563 "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review" (76 FR 3821) was issued on January 18, 2011. The Executive Order required agencies to develop and submit a preliminary plan explaining how each agency planned to review existing significant regulations to identify whether any regulations may be made more effective or less burdensome. The Department's Latest Retrospective Review Progress Report was made available to the public in July 2016 (OIRA has not requested an update).

"Rulemaking" is the term used when a government agency creates, modifies, or deletes rules in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Rules are government agency statements (or parts of government agency statements) that either:

  • Implement, explain or prescribe law or policy, or
  • Describe an agency's organization, procedure, or practice requirements.