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Office of Regulation and Enforcement

What We Do

The Office of Regulation and Enforcement provides expert legal guidance on administrative law, including rulemaking and enforcement issues affecting the Department and arising from any mode of transportation within the Department. 

Responsibilities

Our areas of responsibility include:

  • Reviewing and coordinating the clearance of significant rulemaking documents to ensure they are consistent with all legal requirements and Administration policy;
  • Providing Department-wide guidance and training on the implementation of the Administrative Procedure Act and the numerous laws and executive orders affecting the rulemaking process (e.g., Regulatory Flexibility Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and Executive Orders 12866 and 13563);
  • Formulating Department-wide regulatory and enforcement policies and procedures;
  • Acting as a liaison with the Office of Management and Budget and other federal agencies concerning Departmental regulatory matters;
  • Developing and implementing regulatory reform initiatives and innovative rulemaking techniques, and overseeing periodic comprehensive retrospective reviews of existing regulations;
  • Tracking all of the Department’s rulemaking projects throughout their lifecycle to keep managers informed and enable them to identify and address any problems that cause delays;
  • Preparing and coordinating the Department’s semiannual Regulatory Agenda, the Regulatory Plan, and other reports on rulemaking activities;
  • Implementing the Uniform Time Act;
  • Drafting and reviewing legislation, press releases, correspondence, and other support documents when they concern administrative law or rulemaking and enforcement issues; and
  • Developing and implementing international regulatory cooperation initiatives
Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013