US Labor Department launches website for public feedback on regulations

On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review” and two related Memoranda on Regulatory Compliance and Regulatory Flexibility, Small Business and Job Creation.

Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of Executive Order 12866 and aims to create a regulatory process that “strikes the right balance” between what is needed to protect health, welfare, safety, and the environment for all Americans, and what we need to foster economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness.  Executive Order 13563 provides several guiding principles for achieving that balance and urges that regulations:

  • take into account costs and benefits to society;
  • are developed in a manner that allows public participation;
  • are coordinated among agencies and simplified;
  • use the least burdensome methods to achieve regulatory goals; and
  • are based on the best available science.

The Executive Order also requires agencies to develop protocols for periodic review of significant regulations to determine whether they are outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome.  To ensure that the Department develops protocols that meet the objectives of the Executive Order, we invite you to participate in the discussion. Information obtained in response to this notice is not determinative of outcome because these questions are a vehicle for facilitating public dialogue rather than reaching consensus.

In compliance with this order, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of a new online tool to collect public feedback on ways to improve regulations and the department’s regulatory review process.

The online tool is part of the department’s compliance with Executive Order 13563, which calls for federal agencies to detail how they will review existing significant regulations to identify whether regulations may be made more effective or less burdensome.

Members of the public who wish to provide comments or suggestions to improve Department of Labor regulations by modifying, streamlining, expanding or repealing them are encouraged to visit

In addressing these questions or others, the Department requests that participants identify with the regulation or reporting requirement at issue and provide legal citation(s) where available. 

The Department also requests that submitters provide, in as much detail as possible, an explanation of why a regulation or reporting requirement should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed, as well as specific suggestions of ways the Department can better achieve Comments must be received no later than March 31.

its regulatory objectives. Whenever possible, please provide empirical evidence and data to support your response.

To add your comments and see what others are saying, visit

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