DOL Has Eased The Public Comment Process On Regulations
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In order to fulfill President Obama’s Executive Order on improving regulatory review, the Department of Labor has introduced a new, online portal to allow the public to share their ideas. Members of the public can submit comments on pending or existing regulations. Participants are required to create an account and log in. In submitting ideas, they are asked to identify the citation to the regulation they are commenting on and describe their support or concerns.
The Department requests that submitters provide, in as much detail as possible, an explanation of why a regulation or reporting requirement should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed, as well as specific suggestions of ways the Department can better achieve its regulatory objectives.
The Department is also requesting empirical evidence and supporting data, whenever possible. The business community is encouraged to engage the Department on any regulations that may create additional burdens on their effectiveness and competitiveness. This new portal makes this even easier.