Committee Seeks Details on Burdensome Government Red Tape that Bureaucracies have Identified for Elimination

May 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - In its ongoing effort to fight burdensome regulations and protect jobs, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is seeking the preliminary recommendations that federal agencies were required to submit identifying onerous regulations. The week after the executive order on regulatory reform was issued in January, regulatory czar Cass Sunstein testified before the Oversight Subcommittee on the administration's efforts to review existing regulations and their impact on job creation.

In the letter to Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) writes, "Section 6 of the Executive Order states: "˜Within 120 days of the date of this order [May 18], each agency shall develop and submit to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs a preliminary planunder which the agency will periodically review its existing significant regulations.' During your testimony to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on January 26, 2011, you stated that you hoped that "˜some of those plans would beat that deadline and be out to the public before 120 days.' You also acknowledged that the plans would include an initial list of "˜candidates' or regulations that were identified in the retrospective analyses that should be reconsidered during the period between the preliminary and final plans."

On January 18, 2011, President Obama signed Executive Order 13563 on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review; the order states under the General Principles of Regulation: "Our regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation."

View a copy of the letter HERE.

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