Across the country, governors are leading efforts to redesign state government, balance budgets and create jobs. The federal government is a key partner in this important work and can assist and accelerate the work of states by eliminating federal red tape. Greater coordination across federal agencies is needed to simplify and harmonize redundant, inconsistent or overlapping federal regulations and requirements, and thereby save states unnecessary costs.
The National Governors Association has worked with governors to identify federal regulations and practices that are burdensome, unnecessary or duplicative. Based on input received from states, NGA created a list of recommendations that can be implemented through the regulatory process. These timely recommendations were sent to the White House and the Departments of Education, Agriculture and Labor in the areas of education, school meals programs, workforce and labor.
NGA recommendations to eliminate federal “red tape”:
Presidential Executive Order 13563 directs federal agencies to implement regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public. Specifically, the Order requires analysis by executive departments and agencies of regulations involving and affecting state, local and tribal governments.