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Federal Agencies Directed to Refrain From Submitting Regulations
January 31, 2017

The new White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, has issued a memorandum directing all federal agencies to refrain from submitting regulations for publication in the Federal Register until they have been reviewed by incoming administration staff; withdrawing those that have been submitted to the Federal Register but not yet published; and, when possible, extending existing comment periods for rules under development.

This action impacts several rules including the walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF) rule, its accompanying test procedure rule, and the commercial boiler rule, all of which were recently submitted for publication, but were delayed under the 45-day review rule. It appears that these rules must now be withdrawn and further reviewed and/or revised by new personnel at the Department of Energy (DOE). However, the moratorium does not mean these and other rules will never be issued, only that they will be delayed for review and potential alteration.

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