|REG01||Create an Interagency Regulatory Coordinating Group|
|REG02||Encourage More Innovative Approaches to Regulation|
|REG03||Encourage Consensus-Based Rulemaking|
|REG04||Enhance Public Awareness and Participation|
|REG05||Streamline Agency Rulemaking Procedures|
|REG06||Encourage Alternative Dispute Resolution When Enforcing Regulations|
|REG07||Rank Risks and Engage in "Anticipatory" Regulatory Planning|
|REG08||Improve Regulatory Science|
|REG09||Improve Agency and Congressional Relationships|
|REG10||Provide Better Training and Incentives for Regulators|
Over the past three years, many regulatory agencies have made significant progress in streamlining rulemaking. A May 1996 survey of 60 regulatory agencies showed more than half had streamlined their internal rulemaking processes and nearly half had gotten legislative changes to speed their rulemaking processes and make them more consensus-based. One-third of these agencies have created procedures for direct final rulemaking.
In addition, half of these agencies have expanded their use of electronic communication and information retrieval as part of their efforts to enhance public awareness and participation. For example, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has conducted a pilot of the use of the Internet in rulemaking with its RuleNet project. The multi-agency online Business Advisor provides Internet access to the statutes and regulations of all federal agencies. Regulatory agencies are also actively pursuing the President's directives to use negotiated rulemaking (reg-neg) where feasible. President Clinton announced that limits on the creation of new advisory committees will not apply to reg-neg committees. Training materials have been disseminated, and in response new reg-negs have been undertaken.
Federal agency use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques is increasing dramatically. One-third of the regulatory agencies have active programs, and the Attorney General announced a new Department of Justice initiative to increase that department's reliance on and support of ADR. Pending legislation would expand ADR's use.
Major regulatory reform initiatives supported by this Administration have been enacted, including the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-13), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (Public Law 104-121), and the Unfunded Mandate Reform Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-4). The latter includes a small but important amendment to the Federal Advisory Committee Act that makes it easier for federal officials to meet with state, local, and tribal officials.