Review of Existing Regulations
Each year there are pleas for OMB to
review the volumes of existing regulations; each year OMB puts a list
together for review, and each year nothing happens. In part because the effort
is too labor intensive on OMB's part.
A more efficient solution would be for
OMB to establish a process where the regulated community could petition the
agencies to review an existing regulation, and OMB would actively
participate in decisions regarding the petitions. Since the Data Quality
Act has such a petition process, with standards and deadlines, it could be
expanded to address the problems of existing regulations.
Instead of starting a lengthy review
process, OMB would simply issue a OMB Circular directing agencies to issue
statements stating that stakeholders can use the DQA to petition for the review
of existing regulations based upon data that is no longer accurate or
representative of the "best available" information.
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