Businesses Fear Being Blindsided by Regs

May 14, 2013

The Obama administration’s failure to release its legally required regulatory agenda has business groups worried that they could be blindsided by costly new federal rules.

Federal regulators are required to release a Unified Agenda in the spring and fall — typically occurring in April and October — that details plans and anticipated deadlines for regulations.

But Obama officials have missed the spring deadline for the second year in a row, stoking anxiety for businesses that want to know what mandates and rules are coming down the pike.

“This is the one place where, across all government, agencies are supposed to coordinate,” said Rosario Palmieri, the vice president of infrastructure, legal and regulatory policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. “Small businesses, especially, should not be surprised by regulatory initiatives.”

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