White House answers agency questions on new regulation mandate

Federal managers wondering how to implement the repeals and cost offsets of President Trump's "one-in, two-out" executive order on government regulations can now view interim guidance released by the White House in the form of a Q&A. 

The Jan. 30 executive order, "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs" — intended to repeal two regulations and offset any imposed costs for every regulation proposed — applies its regulatory cap for fiscal 2017 to "those significant regulatory actions … an agency issues between noon on Jan. 20 and Sept. 30, 2017," including final regulations for which agencies issued a notice of proposed rulemaking before noon on Jan. 20, 2017.

The memorandum's two-dozen questions and answers address:

  • The scope of the rules, documents and agencies covered by the executive order.
  • How any costs imposed or saved are to be measured, classified, addressed and accounted for.
  • What regulatory actions qualify for individual waivers.
  • The process through which regulatory and deregulatory actions should be finalized.
  • How all these actions interact with other executive orders, regulatory activities and savings initiatives between agencies.

The entire Q&A can


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