White House tells agencies to look abroad when reviewing regulations
The White House May 1 ordered agencies to add another step to their regulatory review and look for opportunities to cut and prevent unnecessary differences between U.S. and other nations' regulatory requirements. The requirement builds on a January 2011 executive order requiring agencies to review their regulatory processes.
In a May 1 post on the White House blog, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein said the order aims to eliminate unnecessary regulatory differences--what he calls "pointless red tape"--between the United States and other countries.
Under the May 1 executive order, agencies are required to submit a regulatory plan that summarizes the "international regulatory cooperation activities that are reasonably anticipated to lead to significant regulations." Agencies must also designate the regulations that will likely impact international interests on RegInfo.gov and Regulations.gov.
The executive order suggests that when selecting existing regulations to update, agencies consider any "unnecessary differences in regulatory requirements between the United States and its major trading partners," says the document.
According to the order, the Regulatory Working Group, which is chaired by Sunstein, will help agencies coordinate international regulatory cooperation activities and examine best practices for regulatory collaboration with international entities.
"Different regulatory requirements in different countries can significantly increase costs for companies doing business abroad," said Sunstein. "In eliminating such differences, we will respect domestic law and will not compromise U.S. priorities and prerogatives," he added.
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