In July 2019, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) reviewed 51 significant regulatory actions issued by federal agencies. The agency approved one rule without changes and approved the intent of 45 rules while recommending changes to their content. Five rules were withdrawn from the review process.
OIRA reviewed 36 significant regulatory actions in July 2018—15 fewer rules than the 51 significant regulatory actions reviewed by the agency in July 2019. During the Obama administration from 2009-2016, OIRA reviewed an average of 53 significant regulatory actions each July.
OIRA has reviewed a total of 235 significant rules so far in 2019. The agency reviewed a total of 355 significant rules in 2018 and 237 significant rules in 2017.
As of August 8, 2019, OIRA’s website listed 120 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.
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