NPR reported today that President Barack Obama has issued an executive order improving regulation and regulatory review. In the “It’s All Politics” blog post entitled “Obama Orders Regulation Review to Boost Business, Economy“, NPR states:
The president outlined why he signed the executive order in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.
This order requires that federal agencies ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth. And it orders a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive. It’s a review that will help bring order to regulations that have become a patchwork of overlapping rules, the result of tinkering by administrations and legislators of both parties and the influence of special interests in Washington over decades.
In the second story, “Obama Reaches Out To Businesses With Rules Review“, Ari Shapiro provides more context and reaction.
The text of the executive order has not yet been published in the Federal Register. The text is available in a press release on the White House web site.
The President’s op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal is available online.
UPDATE: 1/19/2011. The Federal Register’s Facebook page has been updated with a post that points to gov20govfresh.com and provides the number for the President’s executive order:
This article [http://gov20.govfresh.com/white-house-regulations-shall-be-adopted-through-a-process-that-involves-public-participation/] lays out the goals of the President’s Executive Order on regulatory review (E.O. 13563) and relates it to his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on building a 21st century regulatory system. The article stresses that enhanced public participation is one of the key deliverables of the reg review process.