The Department of the Interior (the Department) last week issued a Federal Register notice calling on the public to identify regulations for repeal, replacement, or modification. The Department’s action is part of President Trump’s regulatory reform agenda, as embodied in Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which outlines the new administration’s goal of alleviating unnecessary regulatory burdens.
Unlike a similar Federal Register notice issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in April, the Department’s notice has no deadline by which comments must be submitted. But the old adage, “The early bird gets the worm,” seems particularly apt here, in light of the president’s ambitious regulatory goals and the brisk pace envisioned in and frequent reporting required by E.O. 13777.