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U.S. FAA Tasks Panel with Regulatory Review
May 8, 2017
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  • Carrying out a mandate of a presidential executive order, the U.S. FAA has tasked an industry panel with reviewing recommendations that are candidates to repeal and replace. The Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) will also review items on the FAA regulatory agenda.

    President Donald Trump signed an order on February 24, ‘‘Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,’’ calling on agencies to establish regulatory reform task forces (RRTFs) to evaluate existing regulations for potential repeal or modification. The RRTFs were directed to identify regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; and create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies, among other criteria.

    That order also followed the earlier so-called “two for one” order, ‘‘Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,’’ which called on agencies to identify at least two existing regulations for repeal for each new regulation added.

    “As part of this process, the department is directed to seek input/assistance from entities significantly affected by its regulation,” the FAA said, adding it assigned the review to an ARAC since the committee’s “membership represents a broad spectrum of entities significantly affected by the FAA’s regulations.”

    In addition to the list and supporting reasons for the recommendation, the FAA asked that documentation include both majority and dissenting positions on the findings and the rationale for each position. The agency asked for the initial report to be submitted to the FAA by June 1 with follow up report, including detailed documentation, by the end of August.