By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs, ARTBA

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Oct. 6 issued a report that identifies a number of regulatory areas the agency feels should be reformed, and strategies to implement such changes.

Many of the issues in the DOC’s “Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing” report were identified earlier in ARTBA’s “Ripe for Reform:  Federal Regulatory Issues Impacting Transportation Project Delivery.” These include:

  • Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule
  • federal Clean Air Act standards
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s regulation on silica exposure, which ARTBA is challenging in federal court
  • regulations on workplace reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations

DOC cites ARTBA’s report (see page 28) when describing recent changes to the EEO-1 forms requiring increased salary disclosures by large companies.

ARTBA will continue to engage with DOC and other federal agencies as they seek to advance President Trump’s regulatory reform goals. Keep track of the latest developments with ARTBA’s “Regulatory Reform Scorecard.”