White House Creates App to Track Regulations

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The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) created a smartphone app Wednesday that contains the status of agency regulatory actions.

reginfoThe app, RegInfo Mobile, is based on the website RegInfo.gov, which allows users to view current and past regulations, view information about pending and completed reviews of rulemakings, browse the list of past and upcoming public meetings about regulations under review, and view information about pending OIRA information requests.

The app is significant because of President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to issue a temporary moratorium on new agency regulations that are not compelled by Congress or public safety in order to encourage businesses to hire more workers. Trump also announced that “for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.”

The app allows users to search for regulations based on when they were completed, if they’re still being reviewed, or by agency. There are 96 regulations pending and 98 regulations recently concluded as of Thursday. The app also includes an interactive timeline, which shows the development of agency rules.

“The president has been committed to a 21st century regulatory system–one that maintains a balance between protecting the health, welfare, and safety of Americans and promoting economic growth, job creation, competitiveness, and innovation,” wrote Howard Shelanski, administrator of OIRA, in a blog post. “We hope this will be another way for the American people to learn about the Federal regulatory system, and more easily find information about agency rulemaking.”

Morgan Lynch
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Morgan Lynch is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Federal IT and K-12 Education.
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  1. Anonymous | - Reply
    When are they going to stop wasting tax payer dollars on these useless apps. Just make the website mobile-ready and skip the nonsense of making an app for it. How many tax payers will really find this useful enough to download on their phones?

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