On his first day in office, President Biden sent a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies to modernize the government’s regulatory review process, according to a statement released by the White House.
Stated the President: “I therefore direct the Director of OMB, in consultation with representatives of executive departments and agencies (agencies), as appropriate and as soon as practicable, to begin a process with the goal of producing a set of recommendations for improving and modernizing regulatory review.
“These recommendations should provide concrete suggestions on how the regulatory review process can promote public health and safety, economic growth, social welfare, racial justice, environmental stewardship, human dignity, equity, and the interests of future generations. The recommendations should also include proposals that would ensure that regulatory review serves as a tool to affirmatively promote regulations that advance these values. These recommendations should be informed by public engagement with relevant stakeholders.”
OSHA to reconsider COVID-19 ETS
President Biden will ask OSHA to reconsider its refusal to issue emergency standards for COVID-19 workplace safety, according to a Dec. 29 statement.
The new administration will ask OSHA, which has so far declined to issue such standards, “to determine whether to establish an emergency temporary standard to keep workers safe from COVID-19,” Biden said.
He also said he would direct OSHA to target the worst violators, increase the number of inspectors and develop strategies for addressing the most dangerous workplace hazards.