The Obama Administration is revoking a controversial Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulation that was promulgated at the close of the Bush Administration. This regulation, known as the "Consultation Rule," allowed federal agencies to decide on their own whether projects would adversely affect listed species and require consultation with federal resource managers. Federal agencies must once again consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before taking any action that may affect threatened or endangered species. This decision follows President Obama's order to the agencies to reconsider the Consultation Rule, as well as Congressional authorization (in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act) to revoke the regulation. For the foreseeable future at least, it is back to business as before at NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But, acknowledging that the current process is criticized as being unduly burdensome, the Obama Administration said it would review the 1986 consultation regulations to decide for itself whether to change the process, and if so, how.