The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) reviewed a total of 73 significant regulatory actions issued by federal agencies in July 2020. The agency approved nine rules without changes and approved the intent of 62 rules while recommending changes to their content. Agencies withdrew one rule from the review process. One rule was subject to a statutory or judicial deadline.
OIRA reviewed 51 significant regulatory actions in July 2019, 36 significant regulatory actions in July 2018, and 19 significant regulatory actions in July 2017. During the Obama administration from 2009-2016, OIRA reviewed an average of 53 significant regulatory actions each July.
OIRA has reviewed a total of 363 significant rules so far in 2020. The agency reviewed a total of 475 significant rules in 2019, 355 significant rules in 2018, and 237 significant rules in 2017.
As of August 6, 2020, OIRA’s website listed 135 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.