Johnson Applauds Executive Order to Make Federal Agency Rule-Making More Transparent

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said the following after President Trump announced an executive order that mirrors legislation, the GOOD Act, the senator introduced to make regulatory guidance documents more accessible, providing needed transparency for the American public:

“One of the great successes of the Trump administration has been to stop adding to, and actually begin reducing, the regulatory burden on our economy. An oftentimes overlooked burden for U.S. businesses is the veiled regulatory guidance process. It’s hard to comply with and adds a great deal of uncertainty when businesses don’t know what the rules actually are. I’m pleased that the president’s executive order will create the accountability and transparency I’ve pushed for in the GOOD Act. By bringing federal guidance documents out of the regulatory abyss, this executive order will ensure agencies will be accountable to the required rule-making process and transparent to the American public.”

The executive order “Improved Agency Guidance Documents” can be found here. Additional information about the GOOD Act, which was reported out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee by voice vote in the 116th and 115th Congresses, can be found here.