Retrospective Analysis of Existing Significant Regulations

June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

In April 2011, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Memorandum M-11-19: Retrospective Analysis of Existing Significant Regulations. The purpose of the Memorandum is to provide guidance to agencies on the process for finalizing preliminary plans, which will establish  periodic reviews of agency regulations to determine whether regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed.

The Memorandum encourages agencies to take the following steps after  they have submitted their preliminary plan for establishing retrospective analysis to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA):

  • Make preliminary plans available to the public within two weeks after May 18, 2011
  • Promote public consultation about the plans over a 30 day period through public meetings, Federal Register notices, social media, or other forms of public outreach
  • Revise plans in ways that are responsive to the public input received within 30 days of closing of public comment and consultation period and make revised plans available on agency webpage
  • Design and write future regulations in ways that facilitate the evaluation of their consequences, promoting retrospective analysis

Once final plans are in place, the Memorandum encourages agencies to periodically revisit and update plans.

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