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The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) defines “license” as “the whole or a part of an agency permit, certificate, approval, registration, charter, membership, statutory exemption or other form of permission.”  Other than a few scattered references, the APA otherwise does not establish any uniform procedures for the issuance, renewal, or cancellation of federal permits or licenses.  Consequently, practices vary substantially from agency to...

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This recommendation examines agencies’ procedures for reanalyzing and amending existing regulations and offers recommendations designed to promote a culture of retrospective review at agencies.  Among other things, it urges agencies to plan for retrospective review when drafting new regulations; highlights considerations germane to selecting regulations for reevaluation; identifies factors relevant to ensuring robust review; and encourages...

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Since 1983, the Regulatory Information Service Center within the General Services Administration has published the Unified Agenda, which is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of upcoming regulatory and deregulatory actions by all federal agencies.