The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued interim guidance on how agencies should implement two recent White House actions—the Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs and the White House memorandum issuing a hiring freeze. The OMB guidance interpreting the Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, which implemented the rule that for each new regulation issued, two existing regulations must be repealed to offset its costs, provides additional information on the scope of the order, how costs should be calculated, how regulations with judicial or statutory deadlines should be handled, and whether cost reductions may be shared across agencies. Importantly, the OMB guidance states that significant agency guidance documents could be included, and that such decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
The guidance on implementation of the hiring freeze identifies several categories of employees that are exempt from the freeze and also explains that the freeze will end as soon as OMB implements a plan to reduce the number of federal employees through attrition.
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