In January, President Obama issued an Executive Order requiring federal agencies to ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth. He also ordered a review of exisiting rules to remove outdated or ineffective regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.
It's a pleasure to work for a President who recognizes that these principles should not only guide the government’s approach to new regulation, but to existing ones as well. And it's a pleasure to be able to say that the Department of Transportation has already launched its regulatory review.
Today, the public is joining us here at DOT to give us the feedback we need.
But we've also created a website, http://dotregreview.ideascale.com, where you can submit comments to help guide our regulatory review. It's open to everyone, and it's easy to use. So, if you know of a rule that is outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome, this is your chance to participate and point us in the right direction.
- The citation to the regulation you're commenting about--for example, 49 CFR 1.69;
- A description of your concern (Is the rule duplicative, too costly, insufficient?);
- Any supporting information that would help us make a decision, like the citation to a duplicate regulation or actual cost information.
When he announced his effort to inject order into our nation's patchwork of rules, the President wrote that:
"One of the reasons the free market has worked is that we have sought the proper balance. We have preserved freedom of commerce while applying those rules and regulations necessary to protect the public against threats to our health and safety and to safeguard people and businesses from abuse."
The steps DOT is taking seek to ensure that we keep that balance. I hope you'll join us in this important effort.