We may be starting to see the President’s earlier Executive Orders, including E.O. 13777, start to bear fruit. The aviation side of the FAA is holding an ARAC meeting. on April 20, 2017. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a notice requesting comments from the public on which of its regulations it should repeal, replace, or modify in accordance with the Executive Order directive. E.O. 13777 requires each agency to form a task force and identify regulations that:
(i) eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;(ii ) are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;(iii) impose costs that exceed benefits;(iv) create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies;(v) are inconsistent with the requirements of section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (44 U.S.C. 3516 note), or the guidance issued pursuant to that provision, in particular those regulations that rely in whole or in part on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or that are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard for reproducibility; or(vi) derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified.
Each agency must seek public input, and by late May provide to the agency head a report that identifies regulations that are candidates for repeal, replacement or modification. The FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee addresses aviation regulations. I have not seen a similar notice from the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) or on the website of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST).