In February 2019, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) reviewed 23 significant regulatory actions issued by federal agencies. The agency approved the intent of 21 rules while recommending changes to their content. Agencies withdrew two rules from the review process.
OIRA reviewed 20 significant regulatory actions in February 2018—three fewer rules than the 23 significant regulatory actions reviewed by the agency in February 2019. During the Obama administration from 2009-2016, OIRA reviewed an average of 40 significant regulatory actions each February.
The office reviewed a total of 355 significant rules in 2018. In 2017, OIRA reviewed 237 significant rules.
As of March 4, 2019, OIRA’s website listed 101 regulatory actions under review.
OIRA is responsible for reviewing and coordinating what it deems to be all significant regulatory actions made by federal agencies, with the exception of independent federal agencies. Significant regulatory actions include agency rules that have had or may have a large impact on the economy, environment, public health, or state and local governments and communities. These regulatory actions may also conflict with other regulations or with the priorities of the president.
Every month, Ballotpedia compiles information about regulatory reviews conducted by OIRA.