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President Biden Tasks OMB to Lead Modernization of Federal Regulatory Reviews

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President Biden has issued a memo calling for a review of government policies to modernize federal regulatory procedures.

Biden directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director to lead the creation of recommendations for streamlining the regulatory review process to include matters involving public health, economic growth, racial justice, social welfare, environmental stewardship, human rights and other relevant values, according to the memo released Wednesday.

The OMB director must also identify ways the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs could have “a more proactive role“ in working with agencies to promote, explore and undertake initiatives related to the regulatory process.

Other tasks that OMB must execute include promoting the “efficiency, transparency, and inclusiveness of the interagency review process” and driving engagement with stakeholders and the general public on the regulatory review effort.

The move reaffirms the 2011 Executive Order on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, according to the memo.