Effects Glossary

Glossary of key terms related to the effects of rulemaking.


Economically Significant

  • A rulemaking that meets the criteria for "economically significant" in Executive Order (E.O.) 12866.

EIS/EA

  • A rulemaking that will require an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Energy

  • A rulemaking that is identified as a significant energy action under E.O. 13211.

EU

  • A rulemaking that would have an effect on the European Union or one of its member countries or the countries' business entities, citizens, etc. 
  • The rulemaking is included in this category even if it would also have a "foreign" effect.

Federalism

  • A rulemaking that would have federalism implications under E.O. 13132.

Federal Government

  • A rulemaking that is expected to affect levels of the Federal Government.

Foreign

  • A rulemaking that would have an effect on another country or its business entities, citizens, etc. 
  • If it ONLY has effects on EU or NAFTA countries, it is not included in this category.

Information Collection

  • A rulemaking that includes an information collection subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Local Government

  • A rulemaking that is expected to affect levels of local government.

Major

  • A rulemaking that meets the criteria for "major" in the Congressional Review provisions of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.

NAFTA

  • A rulemaking that would have an effect on Canada or Mexico or their business entities, citizens, etc.  The rulemaking is included in this category even if it would also have a "foreign" effect.

Negotiated Rulemaking

  • A rulemaking that will be or was developed through negotiated rulemaking (see Negotiated Rulemaking Act).

Other Significant

  • A rulemaking that is not economically significant but is considered to be significant by the agency for other reasons (e.g., there is substantial public interest in the matter).
  • This category includes rules that the agency anticipates will be reviewed under E.O. 12866 or rules that are a priority of the agency head.

Peer Review

  • A rulemaking for which a peer review will be required under OMB"s "Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review" (December 16, 2004).

Privacy

  • A rulemaking that would require a Privacy Impact Assessment under Pub. L. No. 108-447, division H, § 522.  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

  • A rulemaking that meets the criteria in the Regulatory Flexibility Act for the preparation of a regulatory flexibility analysis because of its impact on small entities.

Small Entities

  • A rulemaking that would have an effect on small businesses, governmental jurisdictions, or organizations. 
  • A regulatory flexibility analysis is not required for theses rulemakings, but the agency may still consider the effects in its analysis of the rulemaking.

State Government

  • A rulemaking that is expected to effect levels of State government.

Tribalism

  • A rulemaking that would have tribal implications under E.O. 13175.

Tribal Government

  • A rulemaking that is expected to effect levels of Tribal government.

Unfunded Mandate

  • A rulemaking that meets the criteria for an "unfunded mandate" in the Unfunded Mandate Reform Act.
Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2012
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