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United States Department of Labor

Opportunity for Public Comment on Processes for Reviewing Regulations

On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review" and two related Memoranda on Regulatory Compliance and Regulatory Flexibility, Small Business and Job Creation.

Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of Executive Order 12866 and aims to create a regulatory process that “strikes the right balance” between what is needed to protect health, welfare, safety, and the environment for all Americans, and what we need to foster economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness.  Executive Order 13563 provides several guiding principles for achieving that balance and urges that regulations:

  • take into account costs and benefits to society;
  • are developed in a manner that allows public participation;
  • are coordinated among agencies and simplified;
  • use the least burdensome methods to achieve regulatory goals; and
  • are based on the best available science.

The Executive Order also requires agencies to develop protocols for periodic review of significant regulations to determine whether they are outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome.  

On May 26, 2011, in accordance with the Executive Order requirement, the Department published its Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules.  To ensure that the Department develops protocols that meet the objectives of the Executive Order, we invite you to participate in the discussion concerning the Department’s plan for conducting retrospective review of regulations. Information obtained in response to this notice is not determinative of outcome because these questions are a vehicle for facilitating public dialogue rather than reaching consensus.

In providing input on the Preliminary Plan, the Department requests that submitters please provide as much detail as possible and provide empirical evidence and data to support your response whenever possible.

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