White House to Agencies: Keep it Simple

January 6, 2012

The White House has a new rule for federal agencies: Keep it simple.

In an effort to overhaul the process of developing new federal regulations, President Obama last year instructed agencies that any new rulemaking language must be "accessible, consistent, written in plain language, and easy to understand."

Following up on Obama's orders, Cass R. Sunstein, the White House official responsible for regulatory affairs, this week reminded agencies in a memo that any explanations with regulations must include "straightforward executive summaries." 

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