Archive for March, 2015

Lawmakers’ website to collect complaints about federal regs

Editor’s Note: The #CutRedTape Initiative website is available¬†here.

From: The Hill

By Lydia Wheeler

Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) announced an initiative Friday to address the speed, frequency and relevancy of federal regulations.

In launching the #CutRedTape Initiative, the lawmakers have created a website, hsgac.senate.gov, where people can go online and voice their concerns and complaints about federal regulations that are creating a problem for their business or family.

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Accelerating Progress and Institutionalizing Retrospective Review

From: Office of Management and Budget | OMBlog

Posted by Howard Shelanski

In 2011, President Obama called on federal agencies to undertake an unprecedented government-wide regulatory review to identify rules on the books with outdated requirements or unjustified costs.  Retrospective review continues to be a key priority for the Obama Administration.  Since the release of Executive Order 13563 in 2011, federal agencies have been continually identifying outdated and duplicative regulations and have taken action to modify or eliminate them where possible. And the Administration has made significant progress. For example, the Department of Transportation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have already finalized significant retrospective review initiatives. To date, the retrospective review process is expected to achieve $20 billion in savings over five years, and is on track to eliminate over 100 million paperwork burden reduction hours.