OIRA reviewed 57 significant rules in November

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) reviewed a total of 57 significant regulatory actions issued by federal agencies in November 2020. The agency approved five rules without changes and approved the intent of 50 rules while recommending changes to their content. Agencies withdrew two rules from the review process.

OIRA reviewed 46 significant regulatory actions in November 2019, 36 significant regulatory actions in November 2018, and 15 significant regulatory actions in November 2017. During the Obama administration from 2009-2016, OIRA reviewed an average of 47 significant regulatory actions each November.

OIRA has reviewed a total of 585 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 December 1, 2020, OIRA’s website listed 147 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. To view this project, visit: 

Completed OIRA review of federal administrative agency rules

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