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.

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