10/09/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/09/2019 18:47
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, today praised the Administration's announcement of two executive orders (EOs) regarding transparency in agency guidance.
The two executive orders entitled, 'Bringing Guidance out of Darkness' and 'Transparency and Fairness,' will help bring sunlight to guidance documents issued by federal agencies. These EOs will ensure guidance is always published online and publicly available; will clarify that guidance documents are exactly that, guidance, and not a legally binding regulation that can be the basis for enforcement action; and will require guidance be subject to review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
'I appreciate the Administration's attention to these important issues with agency guidance and how it affects the public who interacts with our federal government,' said Lankford. 'While we still need to codify these steps in law to ensure any future administration cannot reverse them, these Executive Orders represent a great first step to help clarify what agency guidance is and what it isn't. Although federal regulatory reform is not trending on Twitter, it is important day-to-day congressional oversight work Congress needs to do to ensure compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act. I look forward to continuing to work with Ranking Member Sinema on our good government bills that ultimately benefit the American people and make our government more efficient and effective.'
The Bringing Guidance out of Darkness EO would:
The Transparency and Fairness EO will: