by Wayne Simpson
In the Monday, July 31, 2017, edition of the Federal Register, the General Services Administration (GSA) published an update to its Proposed Rule covering Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations. GSA published its initial Proposed Rule Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The updated proposed rule extends the comment period from July 31, 2017, to August 14, 2017.
GSA is seeking input on acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices and guidance issued by GSA across all of its acquisition, disposal, and sales programs, that may be appropriate for appeal, replacement. Comments on the Proposed Rule were to be received on or before July 31, 2017, but is now extended to August 14, 2017. How to submit comments is shown at the end of this post.
President Trump signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” February 24, 2017. The E.O. establishes Federal policy to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people. The E.O. directs all Federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Task Force (Task Force). Task Forces are required to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification.
Task Forces are to attempt to identify regulations which:
- Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;
- Are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;
- Impose costs which exceed benefits;
- Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulator reform initiatives and policies;
- Are inconsistent with the requirements of § 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 2001, or the guidance issued pursuant to these requirements, in particular those regulations relying in whole or in part of data, information, or methods not publicly available or are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard of reproducibility; or
- Derive from implement E.O.s or other Presidential directives having been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified.
The E.O. requires Task Forces to seek input and other assistance, as permitted by law, from entities significantly affected by Federal regulations, including State, local and tribal governments, small businesses, consumers, non-governmental organizations, and trade associations.
How to Submit Comments
Submit comments identified by “Notice-MV-2017-01, Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations” by any of the following methods:
- Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching for Notice-MV-2017-01, Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations. Select the link “Comment Now” that corresponds with “Notice-MV-2017-01, Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations.” Follow the instructions provided on the screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and “Notice-MV-2017-01, Evaluation of Existing Acquisition Regulations” on your attached document.
- Google form found at: https://goo.gl/forms/GahAhb2aT4MVlREo1.
If you are commenting via the google form, please note that each regulation or part that you are identifying for repeal, replacement or modification should be entered into the form separately. This will assist GSA in its tracking and analysis of the comments received.
- Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405.