Agency Use of Third-Party Programs to Assess Regulatory Compliance

  • Recommendation number: 2012-7
  • Adopted on: December 6, 2012
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2012
  • Committees: Collaborative Governance

Recommendation 2012-7 addresses issues that arise when agencies develop programs in which third parties assess whether regulated entities are in compliance with regulatory standards and other requirements. In some areas of regulation, Congress has directed agencies to develop a third-party program; in others, regulatory agencies have developed programs under existing statutory authority. The recommendation sets forth guidance for federal agencies that are establishing, or considering establishing, such programs.


78 Fed. Reg. 2941 (Jan. 15, 2013).