On March 24, 2021, Secretary Buttigieg issued a final rule on Administrative Rulemaking, Guidance, and Enforcement Procedures. This final rule removes the Department's internal policies and procedures relating to the issuance of rulemaking and guidance documents from the Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, this final rule removes regulations concerning the initiation and conduct of enforcement actions, including administrative enforcement proceedings and judicial enforcement actions brought in Federal court.
On January 20, 2021, the President issued Executive Order 13990, entitled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” E.O. 13990 directs the heads of all agencies to immediately review all existing regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies, and any other similar agency actions promulgated, issued, or adopted between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021, that are or may be inconsistent with, or present obstacles to, the policy set forth in E.O. 13990. As part of its implementation of E.O. 13990, the Department will review three rules published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
DOT's Guidance Portal is a searchable, indexed database that contains or links to all guidance documents that are in effect today and have been issued by DOT and its operating administrations. The guidance documents contained herein lack the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way and are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.