Feds Using Blog Posts, Informal Docs To Skirt Regulatory Process

Editor’s Note: The Data Quality Act applies to agency guidance documents, memoranda and other information disseminations. The DQA was enacted to prevent agency use of the internet as a backdoor Federal Register. See here.

From: Daily Caller

Kathryn Watson, Reporter

Federal agencies are increasingly using informal guidance documents, memoranda and blog posts to create rules and skirt the formal regulatory process, and Congress must stop them, a new Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) white paper finds.

The federal government has no complete survey on the use of what CEI calls “regulatory dark matter.” The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) only reviewed 14 out of “thousands” of documents created by federal officials in 2014, CEI said.

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