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Administration’s Unified Agenda Highlights USDOT’s Pro-Growth, Responsible Policies to Unleash Innovation in the American Economy

Thursday, December 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today highlighted DOT’s pro-growth deregulatory agenda that will spur innovation, speed up infrastructure project delivery, and create more jobs. The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs’ (OIRA) Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions published today includes DOT’s rulemakings currently under consideration and proposed for future action. The Agenda positions DOT to regulate safety, stimulate economic competitiveness, and foster critical innovation.

“Since the start of this new Administration, the Department has worked to reform the past regulatory agenda to promote greater economic vitality and economic growth so more jobs can be created,” said Secretary Chao.  “Unnecessary, duplicative or overly burdensome regulations are being eliminated and the permitting process is being streamlined to expedite much-needed infrastructure projects for the benefit of communities across the country.” 

As of Fall 2017, the Department had initiated 76 regulatory actions and 82 deregulatory actions, with 31 additional deregulatory actions anticipated in 2018.

The Department’s effort to streamline the permitting process for new infrastructure initiatives continues, with the help of the “One Federal Decision” policy.  DOT is determined to reduce the time and financial resources it takes to get approval for new projects.

DOT publishes a monthly report online that provides a summary and the status for all significant rulemakings that DOT currently has pending or has issued recently. This report provides the public with easy access to information about the Department’s regulatory activities that can be used to locate other publicly-available information in the Department’s regulatory docket at, or in the Federal Register.