Many federal departments and other Executive Branch agencies have published so-called Proposed Rule documents, Notices, or Requests for Information (RFIs) that seek input from the public to assist in identifying regulations for future repeal, replacement, or modification. These are not repeals or roll-backs of existing regulations — not yet — but they are clear signals that proposals to rescind numerous particular regulations can be expected in the not-too-distant future. Agencies that have already issued similar calls for suggestions of regulations to repeal, revise, or replace, and for which the public Comment Periods have already closed, include the Departments of Education, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Transportation, and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Products Safety Commission, and many more.

Notices, from various federal agencies, of invitations for comment of this type that have currently open public Comment Periods for submitting regulatory reform recommendations, are listed below, along with the due dates for submission of public comments (linking to Comment Pages on the Government’s eRulemaking website the Agency’s website, where you can type and submit what you have to say about the prospect of regulatory repeals or state any suggestions you may have for eliminating specific regulations). If you want to comment but prefer to send a hard-copy letter, follow the link we provide to the Agency’s published Notice, in order to find a physical mailing address.

Department of the Interior Request for Comments on Regulatory Reform — No deadline for Comments (comments to be reviewed on an ongoing basis).  Comments should address regulatory issues within a particular area of DOI’s responsibility, and can be submitted via the Government’s eRulemaking website by visiting Regulatory Reform comment pages accessible through the following links for different DOI agencies and regulatory subject areas: the Office of the Secretary – Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education; the Bureau of Land Management; the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; the Bureau of Reclamation; the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; the National Park Service; the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the U.S. Geological Survey; and Other DOI Agencies and Offices.

These invitations to public input, along with operations of internal agency task forces charged with recommending specific regulations for repeal, replacement, or modification, are preliminary steps towards implementation of the Trump Administration’s government-wide Regulatory Reform Agenda. After certain regulations are identified for reform, the agencies will have to publish additional Notice to the public proposing repeal or revision of those particular regulations, and provide an opportunity for public comment on the repeal/reform proposals before they are adopted. Those proposals, when they are published, will be covered by this website; so stay tuned.

As reasons for these solicitations of input, the agencies generally cite Executive Orders 13771 (entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” signed by President Trump on January 30, 2017) and 13777 (entitled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” signed February 24, 2017).  EO 13771 established a policy that federal agencies must now rescind two regulations for every new one that they issue.  EO 13777 directed every federal agency to conduct an evaluation of its existing regulations in order to identify rules for repeal, replacement, or modification; to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force charged with developing regulatory reform recommendations; and to solicit input from entities affected by regulation to assist in identifying regulations to target for elimination or change. In addition, Executive Order 13783 directed federal agencies to reduce regulatory burdens on development of the Nation’s energy resources, and to assess existing regulations to determine those that might be eliminated or revised to accomplish that goal.

Consistent with these Executive Orders, the Notices identified on this page generally request that members of the public assist in identifying regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; interfere with full development of resources; and/or create serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives or policies.