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June 2011

Regulatory Relief: A worthy effort focuses on limiting the burden of regulations on businesses.

Of all the noise that comes out of Washington, the current effort to examine and adjust burdensome federal regulations is worthy of everyone’s attention.

The idea is simple: President Obama in January ordered a four-month government-wide review designed to identify federal regulations that were outdated, unnecessarily burdensome, in conflict with other rules or just plain dumb. (The White House order didn’t mention “dumb,” but it’s inevitable that stupid regulations will rise to the surface in such a review.). Read more.>>

Sampling proposed regulatory changes.

Cynics will look at the proposed regulatory changes and conclude that the projected savings are a drop in the bucket compared to the overall burdens that federal rules and regulations impose. But even the administrationís critics and political opponents admit that these initiatives are a step in the right direction.
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A closer look at the EPA.

The EPA’s regulatory review plan lists 31 regulatory reviews the agency intends to undertake during the initial review period with an expectation that 16 of these reviews will lead to concrete actions in 2011 and the remaining 15 will be longer term actions. Also included is the Agency’s plan for future periodic regulatory reviews, defining the process to be used for reviews which are to be conducted every five years.
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The EPA and electronic reporting.

Electronic reporting is central to a number of the regulatory review initiatives as the EPA seeks to join other government agencies (such as the IRS) which have saved hundreds of millions of dollars by enabling digital reporting and the exchange of data between the private sector and the federal government.

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Cece Kremer

Cece Kremer

Cece Kremer has joined us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal, legislative and public policy issues. Cece’s career in government and association work is well-known to many of you. Most recently, she served eight years in top executive positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff from 2003 to 2009.

Earlier in her career, she was a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Between 1984 and 1992, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Assistant to the Vice President and Deputy Assistant to the President.

From 1993 until 2001, Cece served as Vice President for Government Affairs of the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, supervising the industry's policy development, legislative positions and federal regulatory agenda.