President Trump's Regulatory Executive Orders

President Trump has issued two regulatory executive orders which have the potential to change the landscape of regulation in the U.S.

E.O. 13771 - Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (January 30, 2017)

E.O. 13777 - Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda (February 24, 2017)

Shining a Light on Regulatory Costs

Trump EO
April 04, 2017
by Brian Mannix, Research Professor

By Brian Mannix
President Trump’s Executive Order 13771, "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs," has caused some confusion among the analysts, inside and outside federal agencies, who forecast the economic effects of regulations. Which effects should count as costs and which as benefits? It sounds like it should be an easy question, but it is not. In this Regulatory Insight, Brian Mannix examines some of the obstacles.

Articles and Working Papers

Latest Trump Executive Order Provides Guidance on “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”

Susan Dudley
February 27, 2017
by Susan E. Dudley, Director

2/27/17 - President Trump signed his second executive order aimed at government-wide regulatory practice Friday afternoon. This one is not as dramatic as his January EO 13771, which required agencies to offset the costs of new regulations by removing existing burdens, but it sets up mechanisms for implementing that order, as well as other principles. Specifically, it creates a Regulatory Reform Task Force at each agency, to be headed by a Regulatory Reform Officer, responsible for overseeing implementation of the president’s regulatory reform initiatives and policies.

Commentaries

The Devil is in the Details of President Trump’s Regulatory Executive Order

Dudley and Miller
February 01, 2017
by Sofie E. Miller and Susan E. Dudley

2/1/17 - President Trump’s new executive order, which follows his promises to cut regulatory costs and eliminate two regulations for every new one issued, is certain to shake up the regulatory state. A regulatory offset policy, like those in the U.K and Canada, could provide agencies incentives to evaluate the costs and effectiveness of their accumulated regulations and determine which ones have outlived their usefulness. However, the devil is in the details, and the order doesn’t specify how the policy will be implemented, which could have a “huge” impact on its effectiveness.

Commentaries

Public Comment on OMB’s Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order Titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”

Eisenhower Building
February 13, 2017
by Susan E. Dudley, Brian F. Mannix, Sofie E. Miller, & Daniel R. Pérez

By Susan E. Dudley, Brian F. Mannix, Sofie E. Miller, & Daniel R. Pérez
In this comment on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs’ (OIRA) interim guidance on Executive Order 13771, GW Regulatory Studies Center scholars acknowledge that the Order represents a significant departure from past practice, however, they emphasize that the additional budgeting constraints it imposes need not supplant longstanding requirements to examine regulatory benefits as well as costs and to achieve regulatory objectives as cost-effectively as possible. The comment reinforces OIRA’s draft questions and answers, and offers some suggestions for clarification and improvement.

Public Comments