The Trump Administration via the U.S. Department of Education just announced they are soliciting public feedback on cutting back and/or getting rid of burdensome education regulations.
This notice is in response to Executive Order 13777 that President Trump signed back in February directing his agency heads and cabinet members to enforce the regulatory reform agenda of his administration.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos commented on the department’s regulatory reform task force’s progress.
The Regulatory Reform Task Force has been hard at work over the last few months cataloging over 150 regulations and more than 1,700 pieces of policy guidance on the books at the Department of Education. As their work continues, they have been tasked with providing recommendations on which regulations to repeal, modify or keep in an effort to ensure those that remain adequately protect students while giving states, institutions, teachers, parents and students the flexibility needed to improve student achievement.
To ensure an open and transparent process, the Task Force’s progress report will be published on the Department of Education’s website. I look forward to the Task Force’s continued work and to hearing from the public as we work to prioritize the needs of students over unnecessary and burdensome requirements.
Trump’s order required each department’s regulatory reform task force to, at a minimum, look for regulations that:
(i) eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;
(ii) are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;
(iii) impose costs that exceed benefits;
(iv) create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies;
(v) are inconsistent with the requirements of section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (44 U.S.C. 3516 note), or the guidance issued pursuant to that provision, in particular those regulations that rely in whole or in part on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or that are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard for reproducibility; or
(vi) derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified.
The department has published their notice here. Comments are due by August 21, 2017. To make comments electronically you need to go to www.regulations.gov. To learn how to leave a comment, go to the help section and click on the “submit a comment” tab.