President Donald Trump signed an executive order on February 24, 2017 to place “regulatory reform” task forces and officers in federal agencies. The executive order is a major effort to to reduce federal red tape and control.
The executive order directs federal agencies to establish a task force for ensuring each agency has a team researching all regulations. The major objective is to find those considered to be a burden on the American economy. Regulatory Reform Officers (RRO) are to be designated within 60 days.
Each RRO is responsible for overseeing implementation of regulatory reform initiatives and policies to ensure that agencies effectively carry out regulatory reforms.
President Trump said before signing the new executive order: “Excessive regulation is killing jobs, driving companies out of our country like never before. Every regulation should have to pass a simple test; does it make life better or safer for American workers or consumers?”
Agencies are required to seek repeal of regulations that “inhibit job creation,” are “ineffective,” impose costs that exceed benefits or “create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory initiatives and policies.”