NAM pushes regulatory “clarity”
Trying to get federal regulators to drop rules they believe are barriers to manufacturers, the National Association of Manufacturers is calling for what it called “clarity and transparency” in regulatory implementation guidelines.
The NAM submitted comments on the proposed Bulletin for Good Guidance Practices solicited by the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
“Far too often, guidance documents have been used by agencies as a means to get around the transparent rulemaking procedures as found in the Administrative Procedure Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, E.O.r requirements, thereby leading to greater voluntary compliance.”
“The Bush administration has made great progress in improving the quality and reining in the cost of regulations that suffocate growth and jobs,” said NAM President John Engler. “More clarity and transparency in guidance documents will encourage greater voluntary compliance with existing and future regulations.”
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey