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White House Orders Freeze in Regulation Development

This week, United States President Donald Trump ordered a freeze on all pending regulations until his administration can review them. The freeze is outlined in a memorandum issued for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review."

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, "the Memorandum, which is subject to exemptions for emergency situations or other urgent circumstances relating to health, safety, financial, or national security matters, is designed to ensure that the President's appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending regulations."

The Memorandum asks departments and agencies to:

  • Send no regulations to the Federal Register until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the President after noon on January 20, 2017, reviews and approves the regulation.
  • For regulations that have been sent to the Federal Register, but not yet published, immediately withdraw them (subject to the exceptions described above and consistent with Federal Register procedures).
  • For regulations that have been published in the Federal Register but have not taken effect, temporarily postpone their effective date for 60 days for the purpose of reviewing questions of fact, law, and policy (and possible further review).
  • Regulations subject to statutory or judicial deadlines are excluded.

More information can be found at the following resources:

White House orders 'immediate regulatory freeze'

The Hill
Trump White House tells agencies to halt regulations

January 25, 2017