OIRA reviewed 37 significant rules in August

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) reviewed a total of 37 significant regulatory actions issued by federal agencies in August 2021. The agency approved one rule without changes and approved the intent of 33 rules while recommending changes to their content. Three rules were withdrawn from the review process.

OIRA reviewed 64 significant regulatory actions in August 2020, 49 significant regulatory actions in August 2019, 35 significant regulatory actions in August 2018, and 12 significant regulatory actions in August 2017. During the Obama administration from 2009-2016, OIRA reviewed an average of 53 significant regulatory actions each August.

OIRA has reviewed a total of 345 significant rules in 2021. The agency reviewed a total of 676 significant rules in 2020, 475 significant rules in 2019, 355 significant rules in 2018, and 237 significant rules in 2017.

As of September 1, 2021, OIRA’s website listed 77 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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