[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 135 (Thursday, July 14, 2011)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17953]

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Vol. 76


No. 135

July 14, 2011

Part III

The President


Executive Order 13579--Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies

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                Executive Order 13579 of July 11, 2011

Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies

                By the authority vested in me as President by the 
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of 
                America, and in order to improve regulation and 
                regulatory review, it is hereby ordered as follows:

                Section 1. Policy. (a) Wise regulatory decisions depend 
                on public participation and on careful analysis of the 
                likely consequences of regulation. Such decisions are 
                informed and improved by allowing interested members of 
                the public to have a meaningful opportunity to 
                participate in rulemaking. To the extent permitted by 
                law, such decisions should be made only after 
                consideration of their costs and benefits (both 
                quantitative and qualitative).

                    (b) Executive Order 13563 of January 18, 2011, 
                ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' 
                directed to executive agencies, was meant to produce a 
                regulatory system that protects ``public health, 
                welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting 
                economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job 
                creation.'' Independent regulatory agencies, no less 
                than executive agencies, should promote that goal.
                    (c) Executive Order 13563 set out general 
                requirements directed to executive agencies concerning 
                public participation, integration and innovation, 
                flexible approaches, and science. To the extent 
                permitted by law, independent regulatory agencies 
                should comply with these provisions as well.

                Sec. 2. Retrospective Analyses of Existing Rules. (a) 
                To facilitate the periodic review of existing 
                significant regulations, independent regulatory 
                agencies should consider how best to promote 
                retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, 
                ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome, 
                and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in 
                accordance with what has been learned. Such 
                retrospective analyses, including supporting data and 
                evaluations, should be released online whenever 

                    (b) Within 120 days of the date of this order, each 
                independent regulatory agency should develop and 
                release to the public a plan, consistent with law and 
                reflecting its resources and regulatory priorities and 
                processes, under which the agency will periodically 
                review its existing significant regulations to 
                determine whether any such regulations should be 
                modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed so as to 
                make the agency's regulatory program more effective or 
                less burdensome in achieving the regulatory objectives.

                Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) For purposes of this 
                order, ``executive agency'' shall have the meaning set 
                forth for the term ``agency'' in section 3(b) of 
                Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993, and 
                ``independent regulatory agency'' shall have the 
                meaning set forth in 44 U.S.C. 3502(5).

                    (b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to 
                impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head 
thereof; or

(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget 
relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

                    (c) This order shall be implemented consistent with 
                applicable law and subject to the availability of 

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                    (d) This order is not intended to, and does not, 
                create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, 
                enforceable at law or in equity by any party against 
                the United States, its departments, agencies, or 
                entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any 
                other person.
                    (Presidential Sig.)

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                    July 11, 2011.

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