PHCC Supports “Regulatory Accountability Act
PHCC National signed onto a letter this week supporting reform of the federal agencies’ regulatory process. The letter, which recommends better ways to analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, will go to all Members of the House of Representatives. HR 185 would enhance the regulatory process by:
- Increasing public participation in shaping the most costly regulations before they are proposed;
- Requiring that agencies must choose the least costly option, unless they can demonstrate that public health, safety or welfare requires a more costly requirement;
- Giving interested parties the opportunity to hold agencies accountable for their compliance with the Information Quality Act;
- Providing for on-the-record administrative hearings for the most costly regulations to ensure that agency data is well tested and reviewed;
- Restricting agencies’ use of interim final regulations where no comments are taken before a regulation takes effect and providing for expedited judicial review of whether that approach is justified; and
- Providing for a more rigorous test in legal challenges for those regulations that would have the most impact.
As the legislation gains momentum, PHCC will keep members up to date.