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Regulatory Policy: United States


Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015 country profile

Read the United States' country profile to learn about latest developments on regulatory policy in the country, including its score on the 2015 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance.


1999 OECD Review and background reports


Regulatory policy and governance

10 May 2012, White House Announces New Steps to Cut Red Tape, Eliminate Unnecessary Regulations

As part of the Obama Administration’s unprecedented government-wide regulatory review, the White House announced five final rules that will save nearly $6 billion in the next five years by eliminating outdated requirements and unjustified costs.


28 February 2012, launch of the United States-Mexico High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Council Work Plan 

The Work Plan is part of a broader effort to reduce unjustified regulatory barriers to exports and to strengthen international regulatory cooperation – a key tool for promoting job creation and economic growth. It identifies a number of sectors of mutual interest – food, transportation, nanotechnology, e-health, oil and gas, and conformity assessment – and describes activities to be implemented by the United States and Mexico over a period of two years.  Additional details are provided in this OMBlog post.


28 February 2012, supporting  U.S. Economic Growth through North American Regulatory Cooperation


7 December 2011, launch of the United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Action Plan.

This U.S.-Mexico Work Plan follows the December 7, 2011 announcement by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper, launching the United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Action Plan. The objectives of both initiatives are to promote economic growth and job creation; lower costs for consumers, businesses, producers, and governments; increase trade in goods and services across our borders; and improve our ability to protect the environment, health, and safety of our citizens.


18 January 2011, Executive Order on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review


November 2010, Checklist for use by agencies for producing RIAs


Open government

One of the main goals of the current U.S. administration is to establish a system of transparency, public participation and collaboration. This aims to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the government. Several initiatives have been launched to empower the public – through greater openness and new technologies – to influence the government’s decisions-making process such as the Open Government, DataGov and Regulations 2.0.


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