Trump admin looks to overhaul Paperwork Reduction Act to ease customer service overhaul

Editor’s Note: Listen to the complete Federal Drive with Tom Temin podcast: Trump admin looks to overhaul Paperwork Reduction Act to ease customer service overhaul.

From: Federal News Network

By Jory Heckman

Despite the momentum gathering around the Trump administration’s priority of transforming customer service in government, agencies still face challenges getting feedback from the public under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).


Lee Becker, the chief of staff at the VA’s Veterans Experience Office, said Thursday that under the customer experience CAP goal, VA, together with the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs are looking at workarounds to some of the hurdles caused by the PRA.


OIRA extends comment period on US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Request for Information

Editor’s Note: See also OIRA Seeks Comment on How to Reduce Regulatory Differences between the U.S. and Canada.

From: OIRA

Comment period extended: OIRA Request for Information and 2018 RCC Stakeholder Forum

As you may be aware, on Tuesday, October 9th, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget published in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public input on how the Federal Government, under the auspices of the United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), may reduce or eliminate unnecessary regulatory differences between the United States and Canada. You can find that notice here: We are writing to let you know that the deadline to submit comments in response to that RFI has been extended by 30 days until December 10th. Please refer to the RFI for instructions on how to submit comments.


OIRA Seeks Comment on How to Reduce Regulatory Differences between the U.S. and Canada

From: The National Law Review

OIRA Seeks Comment on How to Reduce Regulatory Differences between the U.S. and Canada, Including for Emerging Technologies Not Yet Regulated

Article By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) published a request for information (RFI) on October 9, 2018, seeking comment on how the federal government, under the auspices of the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), may reduce or eliminate unnecessary regulatory differences between the U.S. and Canada.  According to the RFI, this information may inform agencies’ development of regulatory reform proposals to modify or repeal existing agency requirements to increase efficiency related to economic activity with Canada, reduce or eliminate unnecessary or unjustified regulatory burdens, or simplify regulatory compliance, while continuing to meet agency missions and statutory requirements….


Joint Statement on Good Regulatory Practices between the Office of Management and Budget and the Ministry of Finance of the State of Israel

From: The White House


Recognizing the economic significance of lowering regulatory costs and excessive bureaucracy emphasized by the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the State of Israel;

Recognizing the importance of promoting Good Regulatory Practices (GRPs) to improve the business and investment environment, increase the ease of doing business, and encourage innovation; and

Considering the joint commitment to enhancing bilateral economic collaboration and economic opportunities between the United States of America and the State of Israel,


How to improve Trump’s regulatory budget

Editor’s Note: How to improve Trump’s regulatory budget? Learn lessons from the godfather of regulatory budgeting.

From: Washington Examiner

by James Broughel


Additionally, having OIRA oversee the new budgeting system makes some sense, given the regulatory expertise the office possesses. On the other hand, OIRA only reviews about 8 percent of all federal regulations finalized in any particular year. Many agencies, such as the so-called “independent agencies” like the SEC and the FCC, are exempt from OIRA review, and by extension exempt from the new regulatory budgeting system. Smaller rules that might not have much impact individually, but altogether have a big cumulative impact, are also exempt from OIRA review.


International Tax Guidance Likely by Thanksgiving

From: Bloomberg

By Lydia O’Neal, Emma Beyer, Alison Bennett, Siri Bulusu, Sony Kassam, Isabel Gottlieb, Andrew M. Ballard and Robert Lee


Hiring Continues at OMB, Treasury Has ‘Primary Expertise’

The OMB is continuing to hire tax specialists to handle 2017 tax overhaul regulations, Chief of Staff Anthony Campau said.

“The process is in full swing,” he told Bloomberg Tax. He didn’t provide details on how many specialists the office was hiring.

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Trump Deregulatory Effort May Just Be Getting Started

From: Government Executive

By Charles S. Clark


“I think the pace of reform is continuing to accelerate,” Neomi Rao, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, told a panel at Bloomberg Government last week. “Some of the major deregulatory actions have just taken this much time to finalize.”

With many in the Republican Congress on board for the agency-by-agency effort, the broader effort to philosophically redirect regulatory policies may focus on curbing the impact of what Rao and others refer to as “regulatory dark matter.” That alludes to agency-generated guidance, FAQs and information collecting she says can function as a “back door to imposing more regulation.” Such supplementary documents, Rao has said, unfairly exclude the public and violate due process.


USMCA Lauds the Irreplaceable Role of Centralized Regulatory Review

Editor’s Note: The complete text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USCMA) is available here. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 28, Good Regulatory Practices. [Emphasis added]

Article 28.3: Central Regulatory Coordinating Body

Recognizing that institutional arrangements are particular to each system of governance, the Parties note the important role of their respective central regulatory coordinating bodies in promoting good regulatory practices among their regulatory authorities; performing key advisory, coordination and review functions to improve the quality of regulations; and developing improvements to their regulatory system. The Parties intend to maintain their respective central regulatory coordinating bodies, within their respective mandates and consistent with their law.


25 Years of E.O. 12866

Editor’s Note: See also The Iconic Executive Order 12291: The Precedent for the Preservation of Critical Executive Orders and The 50th Anniversary of Centralized Regulatory Review.

From: GW Regulatory Studies Center

By: Mark Febrizio, Daniel R. Pérez, & Zhoudan Xie


Rao acknowledged that the Administration was contemplating extending E.O. 12866 to independent regulatory agencies, an action supported by Richard Revesz, Lawrence King Professor of Law & Dean Emeritus at NYU Law School and Director of the Institute for Policy Integrity. He stated that some independent financial agencies face court challenges on their rules due to their lack of expertise in regulatory analysis. In such cases, OIRA could provide the expertise and help independent agencies address related issues.


In/Site: OIRA Administrator Neomi Rao

From: Bloomberg Government

Cheryl Bolen

On September 25, Bloomberg Government hosted a client-exclusive breakfast with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator Neomi Rao.

Moderated by Bloomberg Government’s Cheryl Bolen, the conversation and Q&A session covered the recent MOA with the Treasury Department, along with the Administrator’s goals and priorities for regulatory policy moving into 2019.

Watch the replay below.

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