Administration Directs Agencies to Weigh ‘Cumulative' Burden of Regs

March 22, 2012

Small-business advocates applaud a new Obama administration attempt to push agencies to weigh the "cumulative'' burden of regulations they approve.

Some agencies are good about reaching out to experts like the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy as they write new regulations, but many agencies do not, said Molly Brogan, spokeswoman for the National Small Business Association, which represents 150,000 small businesses.

A memo released Tuesday from Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator (OIRA), directs agencies to take nine steps to improve communication with people most affected by rule changes and to better analyze effects. 

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