Spurring growth in domestic manufacturing through regulatory reform is a key objective of the Trump Administration.  The Department of Commerce is tasked with developing the Regulatory Reform Plan.  In order to achieve meaningful regulatory reform, the Department is reaching out to manufacturers for real-world information on regulatory burdens.  On March 7, 2017, the Department of Commerce announced it is seeking information from manufacturers on regulatory burdens and recommendations to change the current system.  82 Fed. Reg. 12786.

Specifically, the Department of Commerce wants to know:

  • The top four burdensome regulatory programs
  • Methods to simplify regulatory compliance
  • The one change most needed to reform permitting
  • Best practices in permitting used by federal, state or local agencies

Responses are due by March 31, 2017.  The information will be used to prioritize regulatory reform efforts, and as such, manufacturers should use this opportunity to focus the regulatory reform agenda.

To submit information to the Department of Commerce, click here.