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Federal Regulation Reform Initiatives

Earlier this year, President Obama outlined his plan to create a 21st-century regulatory system - one that protects public health and welfare while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. His Executive Order on Regulation, in short, said the following: Always consider costs and ways to reduce burdens for American businesses when developing rules; expand opportunities for public participation and public comment; and ensure that regulations are driven by real science.

The President also called for an unprecedented government-wide review of regulations already on the books. As a result of that review, more than two dozen agencies have identified initiatives to reduce burdens and save money. Read the agency plans and share your comments, feedback and questions.

Featured Plans

As part of the Department of Labor's plan, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is announcing a final rule that will remove over 1.9 million annual hours of redundant reporting burdens on employers and save more than $40 million in annual costs. Businesses will no longer be saddled with the obligation to fill out unnecessary government forms, meaning that their employees will have more time to be productive and do their real work. OSHA also plans to finalize a proposed rule that would harmonize U.S. hazard classifications and labels with those used by other nations, which is expected to result in an annualized $585 million in estimated savings for employers.
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EPA will propose to eliminate the redundant obligation for many states to require air pollution vapor recovery systems at local gas stations because modern vehicles already have effective air pollution control technologies. The anticipated savings over the next decade is about $670 million.
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The Departments of Commerce and State are undertaking a series of steps to eliminate unnecessary barriers to exports, including duplicative and unnecessary regulatory requirements, thus reducing the cumulative burden and uncertainty faced by American companies and their trading partners. These steps will make it a lot easier for American companies to reach new markets, increasing our exports while creating jobs here at home.
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The Department of the Interior is reviewing outdated regulations under the Endangered Species Act to streamline the process, to reduce requirements for written descriptions, and to clarify and expedite procedures for approval of conservation agreements.
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The Department of Health and Human Services will reconsider burdensome regulatory requirements now placed on hospitals and doctors, like requiring redundant entries of information in medical databases.
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All Plans Department of Agriculture
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Department of Commerce
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Department of Defense
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Department of Education
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Department of Energy
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Department of Health and Human Services
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Department of Homeland Security
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Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Department of the Interior
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Department of Justice
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Department of Labor
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Department of State
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Department of the Treasury
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Department of Transportation
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Veterans Affairs
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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
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Council on Environmental Quality
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Environmental Protection Agency
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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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Federal Acquisition Regulation
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U.S. General Services Administration
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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National Labor Relations Board
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Office of Personnel Management
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Office Thrift Supervision
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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
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Railroad Retirement Board
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Small Business Administration
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Social Security Administration
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Surface Transportation Board
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