Regulatory Reform: Major Rules Submitted for Congressional Review During the First 2 Years

GGD-98-102R: Apr 24, 1998

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the major rules submitted to Congress during the first 2 years that the congressional review provisions in the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) were in effect, focusing on: (1) how many major rules were issued during this period; (2) which agencies issued the rules; (3) how many of the rules had notices of proposed rulemaking; and (4) which regulatory statutes and executive orders the agencies commonly cite in the reports that SBREFA requires the agencies to submit.

GAO noted that: (1) federal agencies sent GAO 122 rules that they and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs said were major during the first 2 years that SBREFA's congressional review provisions were in effect; (2) most of these rules were issued by four executive departments and agencies and two independent regulatory agencies; (3) the rules varied substantially in terms of whether they had notices of proposed rulemaking and the time elapsed between final rulemaking an any proposed rules; (4) the agencies indicated that the rules also varied regarding the applicability of certain statutory and executive order rule-making requirements; and (5) on several occasions, federal agencies did not delay the effective dates of their major rules for the required 60 days to allow time for congressional review.

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Mar 19, 2018

  • Ampcus, Inc.
    We deny the protest.
  • AMAR Health IT, LLC
    We dismiss the protest because our Office does not have jurisdiction to entertain protests of task orders issued under civilian agency multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are valued at less than $10 million.
  • Centurum, Inc.--Costs
    We grant the request.

Mar 15, 2018

  • ORBIS Sibro, Inc.
    We sustain the protest in part and deny it in part.

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Mar 13, 2018

  • Interoperability Clearinghouse
    We dismiss the protest because the protester, a not-for-profit entity, is not an interested party to challenge this sole-source award to an Alaska Native Corporation under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program.

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