A March 2 Federal Register notice from HUD invites public comment to help it develop a plan for periodically assessing existing regulations to determine whether they are outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome and should therefore be modified or repealed. The impetus for the notice is the January 18 Executive Order 13563 (see Memo, 1/21), supplementing Executive Order 12866 from 1993 and requiring agencies to have a program for periodic review of existing regulations.
The March 2 notice reiterates the Executive Order’s emphasis on meaningful public participation in the rulemaking process. To that end, HUD asks the public to suggest regulations that ought to be reviewed, as well as methods for identifying rules that might be obsolete, excessively burdensome, or counterproductive.
HUD reminds the public that the purposes of its regulations are to help ensure that all citizens have access to decent, safe, and sanitary housing; assist in the enforcement of fair housing laws; and provide housing and other essential support to a range of individuals and families with special needs, including homeless individuals, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
Comments are due May 2. The notice is at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-4563.pdf. Executive Order 13563 is at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-1385.pdf