In April 2019, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) reviewed 44 significant regulatory actions issued by federal agencies—the highest monthly review count of the Trump administration to-date. The agency approved one rule without changes and approved the intent of 39 rules while recommending changes to their content. Agencies withdrew four rules from the review process.
OIRA reviewed 32 significant regulatory actions in April 2018—12 fewer rules than the 44 significant regulatory actions reviewed by the agency in April 2019. During the Obama administration from 2009-2016, OIRA reviewed an average of 47 significant regulatory actions each April.
OIRA has reviewed a total of 111 rules so far in 2019. The agency reviewed a total of 355 significant rules in 2018 and 237 significant rules in 2017.
As of May 1, 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.