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October 14, 2019

President Trump Signs Orders To Improve Federal Regulatory Process

On Oct. 10, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders meant to improve the federal regulatory process by providing access to agency guidance, and forcing agencies to improve the process by which they issue guidance documents. Guidance documents are often a backdoor way to issue or changing federal regulations.

The first executive order, entitled “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents,” requires that agencies post all of their guidance documents on a searchable website with the understanding that anything not posted is considered rescinded.

The second executive order, called “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement and Adjudication,” is intended to safeguard against secret or unlawful interpretations of regulations, or from unfair or unexpected penalties.

The orders took effect immediately.