THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
April 21, 1995
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF LABOR THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS THE ADMINISTRATOR, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY THE ADMINISTRATOR, SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE THE DIRECTOR, FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY THE ADMINISTRATOR, NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION THE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THE ACTING ARCHIVIST OF THE UNITED STATES THE ADMINISTRATOR OF GENERAL SERVICES THE CHAIR, RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD THE CHAIRPERSON, ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION
SUBJECT: Regulatory Reform - Waiver of Penalties and Reduction of Reports
On March 16, I announced that the Administration would implement new policies to give compliance officials more flexibility in dealing with small business and to cut back on paperwork. These Governmentwide policies, as well as the specific agency actions I announced, are part of this Administration's continuing commit- ment to sensible regulatory reform. With your help and cooperation, we hope to move the Government toward a more flexible, effective, and user friendly approach to regulation.
(b) Each agency shall, by June 15, 1995, submit a plan to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget ("Director") describing the actions it will take to implement the policies in paragraph 1(a) of this memorandum. The plan shall provide that the agency will implement the policies described in paragraph 1(a) of this memorandum on or before July 14, 1995. Plans should include information on how notification will be given to frontline workers and small businesses.
2. Cutting Frequency of Reports. (a) Each agency shall reduce by one-half the frequency of the regularly scheduled reports that the public is required, by rule or by policy, to provide to the Government (from quarterly to semiannually, from semi- annually to annually, etc.), unless the department or agency head determines that such action is not legally permissible; would not adequately protect health, safety, or the environment; would be inconsistent with achieving regulatory flexibility or reducing regulatory burdens; or would impede the effective administration of the agency's program. The duty to make such determinations shall be nondelegable.
(b) Each agency shall, by June 15, 1995, submit a plan to the Director describing the actions it will take to implement the policies in paragraph 2(a), including a copy of any deter- mination that certain reports are excluded.
B. Application and Scope: 1. The Director may issue further guidance as necessary to carry out the purposes of this memorandum.
2. This memorandum does not apply to matters related to law enforcement, national security, or foreign affairs, the importation or exportation of prohibited or restricted items, Government taxes, duties, fees, revenues, or receipts; nor does it apply to agencies (or components thereof) whose principal purpose is the collection, analysis, and dissemination of statistical information.
3. This memorandum is not intended, and should not be construed, to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the United States, its agencies, its officers, or its employees.
4. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
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