Policy & Regulatory Affairs

The Office develops and manages regulatory policy for the Department. The Office:

  • Reviews all regulations and policy documents that are published in the Federal Register to ensure they reflect administration policy; comply with Federal Register requirements, applicable laws, Executive Orders, and Office of Management Budget (OMB) requirements; and are written in plain language.

  • Serves as the Department's primary point of contact with OMB on regulatory matters and facilitates agreements and working relationships among bureaus.

  • Develops the Department’s semiannual agenda of regulations and reports required by Congress, the President, and OMB.

  • Develops regulatory policy and revises, as necessary, the Departmental Manual chapters and associated handbooks regarding the regulatory process.

  • Manages the organization of, and revisions to, the Departmental Manual.

  • Manages the development, review, and approvals of Secertary's Orders.

  • Provides technical assistance in developing and updating Succession Memorandums, and maintaining a repository of approved memorandums for key Departmental Officials. 

  • Provides technical and policy guidance to offices publishing regulations or similar policy documents.

  • Assists bureaus in writing regulations in plain language by holding training courses and providing personalized assistance.

  • Leads the Department’s retrospective regulatory review and reports on progress to OMB.

  • Coordinates inter-agency regulatory review for the Department.

  • Represents the Department on Government-wide regulatory initiatives.

  • Represents the Department’s interests on Government-wide eRulemaking activities.

  • Coordinates the Departmental review of draft Executive Orders and Presidential documents issued by OMB and the White House.

  • Coordinates and reports on activities of the bureaus regarding the requirements of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.

 

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