According to a news source, numerous executive branch departments and agencies, which were required to make public their plans for reviewing existing and pending regulations for economic impacts, have declined to do so or may be planning to release the plans in the next few weeks. Manufacturing interests in the United States have long contended that burdensome regulations affect job growth, profits and the ability to compete in international markets. With Republican legislators looking for ways to cut spending and eyeing the budgets of regulatory agencies, the Obama administration issued Executive Order 13563. Intended to eliminate or modify outdated or costly regulations, it required the agency’s plans to be submitted by May 18, 2011.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asked the agencies to describe how they would review their existing regulations to determine whether any should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed. OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) issued guidance to help the agencies and asked independent agencies not subject to the executive order to comply voluntarily.

In a memo, OIRA emphasized the value of public participation and transparency in the rulemaking process and said agencies “should make their preliminary plans available to the public within a reasonable period (not to exceed two weeks) after May 18.” According to OIRA, agencies should publish their plans online in an open, downloadable format. See BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, May 23, 2011.