[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 132 (Monday, July 11, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 40645]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17295]

Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.


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2 CFR Chapter XIV

25 CFR Chapters I, II, III, V, VI, and VII

30 CFR Chapters II, IV, VII, and XII

36 CFR Chapter I

41 CFR Chapter 114

43 CFR Subtitle A and Chapters I and II

48 CFR Chapter 14

50 CFR Chapters I and IV

[Docket Number; DOI-2011-0001]

Reducing Regulatory Burden; Retrospective Review Under E.O. 13563

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability, request for comment.


SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior (DOI) is requesting public 
comment on its plan to review its significant regulations in response 
to the President's Executive Order 13563 on Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review. DOI will consider public comments in preparing the 
final plan for retrospective regulatory review. The purpose of this 
plan is to help DOI manage the Nation's public lands and national 
treasures, honor our tribal trust obligations, protect the environment 
and endangered species, distribute and monitor water resources, and 
help America become energy independent in ways that are more effective 
and less burdensome.

DATES: You must submit any comments on or before August 10, 2011.

ADDRESSES: All comments must include ``Comments on DOI's Plan for 
Retrospective Regulatory Review--Docket Number DOI-2011-0001''. You 
must submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov, find Docket DOI-2011-0001, and follow the 
instructions for submitting your comments electronically.
     Mail: Regulatory Review, Office of the Executive 
Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs, Department of the Interior, 1849 C 
Street, NW., Mail Stop 7328, Washington, DC 20240.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: Regulatory Review, Office of the 
Executive Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs, Department of the 
Interior, Room 7311, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.
     Fax: (202) 219-2100.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Lawyer, Office of the Secretary, 
202-208-3181, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOI published a notice on February 25, 2011, 
asking the public for ideas and information as it prepared a 
preliminary plan for retrospective regulatory review to comply with 
President Obama's Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review.'' DOI received helpful information in response to 
this request, which it considered in preparing the preliminary plan. 
DOI published a preliminary plan on May 18, 2011. DOI is now finalizing 
the plan. The preliminary plan is available on DOI's Open Government 
Web site at: http://www.doi.gov/open/regsreview/. This Web site 
provides links to the plan, the Department's regulations, and an e-mail 
in-box at [email protected] that interested parties may use to 
suggest, on an ongoing basis, improvements to DOI's regulations.

Questions for the Public

    DOI specifically asks the public to provide comments related to the 
questions that follow to help the Department finalize the plan to 
review its significant regulations.
    (1) DOI seeks to establish a culture of retrospective review that 
will produce regulations that accomplish the Department's mission in a 
way that works best for the American public. Are there any changes to 
DOI's plan for retrospective regulatory review that would further this 
goal? DOI encourages those submitting comments to include specific 
ideas that would improve DOI's process for systematically reviewing its 
    (2) DOI has proposed specific rules to review over the next two 
years. Are there other rules that could benefit from retrospective 
review in the near future? If so, please specifically identify the 
rules and suggest ways DOI can streamline, consolidate, or make these 
regulations work better. Please suggest specific language that would 
make these rules or guidance more efficient and less burdensome where 
    (3) Are there ways DOI can better scale its regulations to lessen 
the burdens imposed on small entities within the existing statutory 
requirements? Please identify any specific regulations that, under the 
applicable laws, could exempt small entities or provide more flexible 
or less burdensome requirements.
    (4) Are DOI regulations and guidance written in language that is 
clear and easy to understand? Please identify specific regulations and 
guidance that are good candidates for a plain language re-write.
    (5) What are some suggestions that DOI can use to assure that its 
regulations promote its mission in ways that are most efficient and 
least burdensome?
    The Department is issuing this request solely to seek useful 
information as it finalizes its plan to review its existing significant 
regulations. While responses to this request do not bind DOI to any 
further actions related to the response, all submissions will be made 
available to the public on http://www.regulations.gov.
    Before including your address, or other personal identifying 
information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire 
comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made 
publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to 
withhold your personal identifying information from the public review, 
we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Authority:  E.O. 13653, 76 FR 3821, Jan. 21, 2011; E.O. 12866, 
58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993.

David J. Hayes,
Deputy Secretary.
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