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News Archive of June 2011

Commerce Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules

On January 18, 2011, in Executive Order 13563, the President directed each agency to review their "existing significant regulations, and consider how best to promote retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome, and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in accordance with what has been learned."

In response to this directive, Commerce created and released a preliminary plan for review of its regulations on May 26, 2011.

Commerce welcomes the public's comments and feedback on this preliminary plan.  Please send your comments to with "EO 13563 retrospective plan" in the subject line of the email.  We will accept comments until midnight on July 25th.

Commerce Regulatory Compliance Plan

On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued a Memorandum for all Executive Departments and Agencies on Regulatory Compliance.  The Memorandum requires all agencies with regulatory compliance and administrative enforcement responsibilities to develop plans to make information related to regulatory compliance and enforcement activities accessible, downloadable and searchable online. 

The Department of Commerce’s twelve operating units and the Office of the Secretary are all involved in the regulatory process.  Three of these operating units are involved in compliance and enforcement activities:   the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a Line Office within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Commerce is committed to making its compliance and enforcement information transparent and readily available to the public.

To read the full Commerce Regulatory Compliance Plan, read the attached PDF.