Accuracy of Information in the Unified Agenda

GAO-01-1024R: Jul 27, 2001

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This report discusses the accuracy of information in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Because the agendas are published roughly every six months, items in the completed action section should reflect actions that the agencies have taken within the previous six months. However, GAO found entries on actions that were completed more than six months before the agenda was published. GAO also found that, in some cases, the Unified Agenda provided the wrong date for rules published in the Federal Register. Finally, GAO found entries that incorrectly indicated that a regulatory flexibility analysis was required. GAO recognizes that it is impossible to produce a document the size of the Unified Agenda without any errors, however, the entries should accurately reflect actions that have already been taken so that document users can identify regulatory actions that are of interest to them.