US President Trump signs order to curb regulations

Malcolm Fuller
February 3, 2017

And in his past year in office, Obama issued sweeping executive actions on gun control, while ordering public schools to let transgender students use whatever bathroom they wanted. Many small business owners have advocated that the pipelines be built because they would offer chances for small companies involved in construction and in energy industry support.

The changes are in management philosophy, in enterprise risk management, and modernizing federal IT. But it promises no immediate disruption. First, it requires agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they issue (what the administration is calling a "one-in-two-out"). There is a possibility that the President will shut out other relevant agencies from the draft process and sign off the review measures soon. Five courts temporarily blocked the President's order on travel restrictions, and while Congress hasn't passed legislation, they did voice loud concerns.

The Trump administration wants the Department of Education to start sharing information with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security that shows what children are learning about computer science, mathematics and cybersecurity education. The United Kingdom, for example, instituted a similar requirement in 2013. Second, it sets a cap on incremental regulatory costs.

In other words, the costs imposed by repealed rules will have to, at a minimum, equal the costs imposed by any new rules.

There is a workaround for newly enacted regulations, the Congressional Review Act. But the order contained the phrase "to the maximum extent permitted by law", three times, suggesting that its effects are yet to be determined.

Freeman added, "Even if it is fairly toothless in the end, the order will be a weapon that OMB can use to harass agencies and slow regulation".

Again, this is not uncommon elsewhere.

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While the EO is clear that agencies must identify two rules for elimination when proposing a new rule, OMB guidance could allow agencies to bank cost offsets against future rules or to borrow against future offsets when issuing new rules.

Mr Trump has nominated US Representative Mick Mulvaney of SC to lead the OMB. What, exactly, counts as a regulation for these purposes?

But in temporarily halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspending the Syrian refugee program, President Donald Trump and his team acted more like he did as a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants candidate than an orderly CEO, giving little direction to those expected to interpret and carry out orders that have real world consequences.

And a whole lot more.

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, told reporters the administration may not be ready to sign the order Tuesday, according to a report by Gregory Korte for USA Today. "There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be normalized control". "But to see him swinging for the fences - he's just letting it rip on all manner of policy issues - is striking".

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