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<DOC> 11-14-94 Vol. 59 No. 218 BOOK 2: Pages 57001-57630 Book 2 of 4 Books Monday, November 14, 1994 The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations _________________________________________ 57003 II--Regulatory Information Service Center 57250 III--Department of Agriculture 57372 IV--Department of Commerce 57452 V--Department of Defense 57488 VI--Department of Education 57504 VII--Department of Energy 57532 VIII--Department of Health and Human Services _______________________________________________________________________ Part II Regulatory Information Service Center _______________________________________________________________________ Statement by the Vice President Introduction to the Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations Agency Regulatory Plans Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 59, No. 218 Monday, November 14, 1994 ____________________________________________________________________ Statement by the Vice President On September 30, 1993, the President issued Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review.'' The regulatory planning and review process created by this order ensures that the Federal Government issues regulations that improve the quality of life without imposing unnecessary costs and does so in a way that is efficient, fair, and accountable to the American people. The preamble of the order sets forth the specific processes to achieve this objective: ``to enhance planning and coordination with respect to both new and existing regulations; to reaffirm the primacy of Federal agencies in the regulatory decision-making process; to restore the integrity and legitimacy of regulatory review and oversight; and to make the process more accessible and open to the public.'' While much remains to be accomplished in the area of regulatory reform, we have made a good beginning. And, we are determined to continue making progress toward a regulatory system that protects and promotes the public welfare without imposing intolerable or irrational burdens on those who are regulated. The foundation of our efforts and our first regulatory reform success was the adoption of Executive Order 12866 itself. The order has succeeded in enhancing public accessibility and involvement and Government accountability. With all but a few well-justified exceptions, agencies now allow 60 days for public comment. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has made great strides to improve openness and accountability by, among other things, making available a daily list of draft regulations under review at OIRA and disclosing the subject of meetings between OIRA and the public. Openness and accountability are now--at long last--the way Government conducts its regulatory business. We have also restored the integrity and legitimacy of the process of centralized review. Under the process established by the Executive order, OIRA is reviewing fewer regulations and doing so in a more focused, timely, and helpful manner. The old regulatory order pitted OIRA and the White House against the Executive branch agencies. We have done much to eliminate the adversarial nature of the centralized review process. As a result, in the year since the Executive order was issued, neither the President nor I have been called upon to resolve a conflict between a Federal agency and OIRA. This process has also reaffirmed the role of Federal agencies in the regulatory decision-making process. In the Executive Office of the President, we no longer displace the decisions of our Federal agencies; instead, we work hard with agencies to ensure that the principles--and, indeed, the spirit--of the Executive order are realized. We are also making great progress--although much remains to be accomplished--in enhancing planning and coordination with respect to both new and existing regulations. Over the past year, our entire Administration has paid close attention to the regulatory planning process. I have been directly involved in this process, which has included a meeting of the President's regulatory policy advisors and the heads of the agencies to discuss our priorities for the upcoming year and to help coordinate regulatory activities. The President's regulatory policy advisors and representatives from the Federal agencies meet regularly to discuss important regulatory issues. OIRA has done an outstanding job of coordinating regulatory activities. And, the agencies themselves-- both Executive agencies and a number of independent regulatory agencies--have been extremely committed to improving coordination: Each Federal agency has appointed a senior official to oversee the agency's regulatory activities, and agencies have been consulting with one another on activities that may affect the work of another agency. Our commitment to an integrated planning process is reflected in the development and drafting of the Plans set forth in this publication. As noted above, early in the planning process, I convened a meeting of the President's regulatory advisors and the heads of the agencies to discuss our priorities for the upcoming year and to reaffirm our commitment to regulate only when necessary and then in the most cost-effective manner. The agencies then developed Plans that were thoughtful and thorough. My office, OIRA, and Federal agencies then reviewed the submitted Plans, which include the Plans from a record number of independent regulatory agencies; consulted with one another, where necessary; and then, where appropriate, coordinated regulatory activities. In sum, I am pleased with the progress of the planning process and am proud to present, on behalf of our Executive branch agencies, the outline of their regulatory activities for the upcoming year. (Presidential Sig.)<AGore> [FR Doc. 94-25842 Filed 11-10-94; 8:45 am] Billing code 3110-01-F <DOC> REGULATORY INFORMATION SERVICE CENTER Introduction to the Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations AGENCY: Regulatory Information Service Center. ACTION: Introduction to the Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations. _______________________________________________________________________ SUMMARY: The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires that agencies publish semiannual regulatory agendas describing regulatory actions they are developing. Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' (58 FR 51735; October 4, 1993) and Office of Management and Budget memoranda implementing section 4 of that Order establish minimum standards for agencies' agendas, including specific types of information for each entry. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act Amendments of 1988 (41 U.S.C. 402) require the development and semiannual publication of a report on procurement regulations. The Unified Agenda helps fulfill that requirement as well. All Federal regulatory agencies have chosen to publish their regulatory agendas as part of this publication. Section 4 of Executive Order 12866 also directs that, as part of the Unified Agenda, beginning with the October 1994 edition, agencies shall prepare a regulatory plan of the most important significant regulatory actions that the agency reasonably expects to issue in proposed or final form. The agency plans appear as the first part of this joint publication; the agency agendas appear as the second part. This is the first time the Regulatory Plan is appearing with the Unified Agenda in the Federal Register. Vice President Gore's statement concerning the Plan precedes this introduction. We welcome your comments on the utility of this joint publication and your suggestions for improving future ones. Following this introduction are the regulatory plans of 29 Federal departments and agencies. These plans contain descriptions of the agencies' most important significant regulatory actions. Each of these agencies has also submitted a regulatory agenda describing their other regulatory actions. The regulatory agendas for these 29 agencies and 34 other agencies appear in Parts III-LXV of this issue of the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Regulatory Information Service Center, 750 17th Street NW., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about specific regulatory actions, please refer to the Agency Contact listed for each entry. To provide comment on or to obtain further information about this publication, contact: Mark G. Schoenberg, Executive Director, Regulatory Information Service Center, 750 17th Street NW., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 634-6222. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: TABLE OF CONTENTS
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