DOT Announces Regulatory Reform Initiative

December 6, 2019

In December 5 US DOT announced a set of changes to its approach to rulemaking, guidance and enforcement. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, calling the changes the "rule on rules," said the change  will provide greater transparency and strengthen due process in enforcement actions. The regulation "outlines the department's regulatory priorities, such as ensuring that there are no more regulations than necessary, that where they impose burdens, regulations are narrowly tailored to address identified market failures or statutory mandates, and that they specify performance objectives when appropriate," according to the rule language. Specifically, it codifies several of President Donald Trump's orders on regulation, including a directive to eliminate two regulations for every one enacted, budgeting procedures and the implementation of a Regulatory Reform Task Force.


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