President Trump Signs Executive Order to Require "Regulatory Reform Task Forces"
President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order mandating that each regulatory agency: (i) establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force ("Task Force") and (ii) designate an official as a Regulatory Reform Officer ("RRO") who will chair that agency's Task Force.
The Executive Order stated that, "[a]t a minimum," each Regulatory Reform Task Force shall attempt to identify regulations that, inter alia:
- "eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;
- are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;
- impose costs that exceed benefits; or
- create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies."
In addition, each agency head is required to prioritize the regulations that the agency's RRO identifies as being "outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective."
The Executive Order provided that each Task Force submit a report to the respective agency head within 90 days detailing the agency's progress towards "improving implementation of regulatory reform initiatives and policies" and "identifying regulations for repeal, replacement or modification."
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