Mick Mulvaney: “Big League” DC Influence

From: FITSnews


Mick Mulvaney may not be the most influential man in Washington, D.C., but it’s starting to feel that way …

Already empowered by president Donald Trump with authority over a sweeping regulatory review of the federal government, this week Trump signed another executive order giving his new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director additional powers.

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What you need to know about Trump’s web of energy orders and repeals

From: The Washington Examiner



3. Killing regulations means adding staff



“President Trump has most certainly provided regulatory wonks with a target-rich environment,” Tozzi said in an email. “I have been in this business a half century and never have seen so much action so fast. That said, the resulting question is whether his actions survive the test of time.”

Tozzi wants to see Trump add more hands to give the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs the muscle it needs after being under-resourced for years, according to comments he filed from his group, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness. He wants the office to implement Trump’s proposed regulatory budget that was outlined in yet another executive order.


Agencies to highlight rules for repeal in Trump’s first reg agenda

From: The Hill | Overnight Regulation


Dominic Mancini, acting administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), sent guidance Monday directing the agencies to pay close attention to the executive order President Trump signed in January directing agencies to cut two existing rules for every new rule put in place.

The White House said agency plans, due March 31, should follow the order’s requirement that the net incremental cost for fiscal 2017 “be no greater than zero” and that for every significant rule an agency plans to issue on or before Sept. 30, two existing rules should be proposed for elimination.


Memorandum: Spring 2017 Data Call for the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

From:  Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs


FROM:  Dominic J. Mancini, Acting Administrator
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

SUBJECT:   Spring 2017 Data Call for the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

This memorandum and its attachment contain guidelines and procedures for publishing the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (“Unified Agenda”) (see “Attachment,” infra). Publication of the Unified Agenda represents a key component of the regulatory planning mechanism prescribed in Executive Order (“EO”) 12866, “Regulatory Planning and Review,” 58 FR 51735 (Sept. 30, 1993), and reaffirmed in EO 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” 76 FR 3821 (Jan. 18, 2011).


In sweeping move, Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies

Editor’s Note: The Trump Administration can fully enforce its regulatory reform agenda—and seal its legacy—by announcing that the Data Quality Act is judicially reviewable. The DQA is the crucial enforcing mechanism in the President’s Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.  See, Sec. 3(d)(v).

From: Reuters

By David Shepardson and Steve Holland

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place “regulatory reform” task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades.



White House Guide Tees Up Battles Between EPA, Agencies On Rule Costs

From: Inside EPA

David Lim & Donna Haseley


“Agencies that are not able to generate sufficient savings to account for new regulatory actions they must issue may submit a written request to the Director of OMB to transfer savings from another agency before they submit a regulatory action for review that does not contain the needed offset. However, if the Director does not concur with this request, the Agency must identify adequate offsets absent a waiver,” the guidance states.



Trump’s ‘interesting’ order could be ‘showpiece’ — analysts

From: E&E News

Arianna Skibell


Jim Tozzi, a longtime government employee who helped develop the regulatory budget idea during the Carter administration, said people are so focused on the “one in, two out” aspect of the order that they’re missing the point.

“A regulatory budget sets a limit on the total cost of regulation that the EPA can impose,” he said. “That’s a huge change in the way the government operates.”

“The bottom line is we’ve been proposing this for 37 years,” he said.

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President Trump Signs Executive Order: Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

Editor’s Note: After thirty seven years we finally have a regulatory budget!

President Trump’s Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs is attached here. Below is an excerpt.

Sec. 3Annual Regulatory Cost Submissions to the Office of Management and Budget.

(d) During the Presidential budget process, the Director shall identify to agencies a total amount of incremental costs that will be allowed for each agency in issuing new regulations and repealing regulations for the next fiscal year. No regulations exceeding the agency’s total incremental cost allowance will be permitted in that fiscal year, unless required by law or approved in writing by the Director. The total incremental cost allowance may allow an increase or require a reduction in total regulatory cost.


Trump’s OMB Pick Shares Vision on Social Security, Regulation

From: The Daily Signal

Rachel del Guidice


“My very distinct impression, from working with the transition team, is that regulatory reform is going to be an absolute priority for this president,” Mulvaney said. “In fact, I think you saw him mention yesterday that he wants to cut 75 percent of the regulations. He is absolutely dead serious about this.”

Mulvaney expressed confidence in the dedication to reforming regulation, stating that he believes Trump to be “the first person to campaign for president on regulatory reform since Ronald Reagan.”

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Trump’s White House regulations website is down

Editor’s Note: CRE maintains a library of crucial regulatory documents from the Johnson through Trump Administrations. See the OMB Papers.

From: The Hill

The White House regulations website was down Monday, and a number of reports on the costs and benefits of regulations from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had disappeared.


Those OMB reports on the costs and benefits of regulations can still be found on another government website that archives Obama-era documents. But they are not available on the primary White House website, where they are usually stored.

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