In May 2019, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) reviewed 36 significant regulatory actions issued by federal agencies. The agency approved the intent of 34 rules while recommending changes to their content. Agencies withdrew two rules from the review process.
OIRA reviewed 22 significant regulatory actions in May 2018—14 fewer rules than the 36 significant regulatory actions reviewed by the agency in May 2019. During the Obama administration from 2009-2016, OIRA reviewed an average of 46 significant regulatory actions each May.
OIRA has reviewed a total of 147 rules so far in 2019. The agency reviewed a total of 355 significant rules in 2018 and 237 significant rules in 2017.
As of June 3, 2019, OIRA’s website listed 113 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 may conflict with other regulations or with the priorities of the president.