Johnson Bill Would Require Government Agencies to Post Regulatory Guidance Documents on Websites

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced a bill Thursday titled Guidance Out Of Darkness, the GOOD Act that would require federal agencies to post regulatory guidance documents online. Making regulatory guidance documents more accessible will help make agencies more accountable to following the required rule-making process and will also provide needed transparency for the American public.

“In addition to facing onerous federal regulations, American businesses are also expected to follow regulatory guidance issued by agencies. Yet, unlike the public rule-making process for regulations, federal agencies are not required to disseminate guidance broadly to the public for input, making it hard for businesses and industry groups to monitor and follow. This bill will lift the veil of secrecy by requiring federal agencies to post regulatory guidance documents in a centralized location on their websites.  This common sense bill would provide much needed transparency to American businesses and consumers.”  

Johnson’s bill can be found here.