Retrospective Review of Agency Rules

Recommendation 2014-5 - Retrospective Review of Agency Rules, 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 agencies to coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget, other agencies, and outside entities (including stakeholders and foreign regulators) when designing and conducting retrospective reviews.  

Citation: 79 Fed. Reg. 75,114, 75,114 (Dec. 17, 2014)

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Final Recommendation

  • Recommendation number: 2014-5
  • Adopted on: December 4, 2014
  • Committees: Regulation

Executive Summary

The following recommendation is intended to provide a framework for cultivating a “culture of retrospective review” within regulatory agencies.  It urges agencies to remain mindful of their existing body of regulations and the ever-present possibility that those regulations may need to be modified, strengthened, or eliminated in order to achieve statutory goals while minimizing regulatory burdens.  It...

Project Documents

Name Committee Type Date
October 15, 2014 Meeting Agenda Regulation Agenda October 10, 2014 Download
Retrospective Review Workshop Summary Regulation Fact Sheet September 25, 2014 Download
Eisner Comments on Retrospective Review Recommendation Regulation Member Comment December 2, 2014 Download
Siciliano Comments on Retrospective Review Recommendation Regulation Member Comment December 2, 2014 Download
DHS/DOT Comments on Retrospective Review Draft Recommendation Regulation Member Comment October 29, 2014 Download
Strauss Comments on Retrospective Review Draft Recommendation Regulation Member Comment October 29, 2014 Download
Retrospective Review Suggested Edits to Recommendation Regulation Member Comment October 28, 2014 Download
Ogden Comment on Retrospective Review Draft Recommendation Regulation Member Comment October 14, 2014 Download
Tozzi Comments on Retrospective Review Draft Recommendation Regulation Member Comment October 6, 2014 Download
Public Comment on Retrospective Review Recommendation Regulation Public Comment December 2, 2014 Download
Retrospective Review of Agency Rules Regulation Recommendation December 9, 2014 Download
Proposed Amendments to Retrospective Review Recommendation Regulation Recommendation December 2, 2014 Download
Retrospective Review Proposed Recommendation Regulation Recommendation November 12, 2014 Download
Retrospective Review Draft Recommendation Regulation Recommendation October 23, 2014 Download
Retrospective Review Draft Recommendation Regulation Recommendation October 2, 2014 Download
Regulatory Experimentation Draft Report Rulemaking Report September 19, 2017 Download
Retrospective Review Report Regulation Report November 18, 2014 Download
Retrospective Review Report Appendix Regulation Report September 25, 2014 Download
Retrospective Review Project RFP Regulation RFP January 10, 2014 Download

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