Regulation & Regulatory Review

Retrospective Regulatory Review

On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, which seeks to improve regulation and regulatory review. He stated that our "regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation" and it must "use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools to achieve regulatory ends."

DOI has completed its Final Plan for Retrospective Review of the Department's regulations.

Click here to see DOI's Final Plan for Retrospective Regulatory Review

DOI's Final Plan for Retrospective Regulatory Review encourages a culture of retrospective review that will ensure that DOI regulations:

  • Take into account costs and benefits to society

  • Are based on the best available science

  • Are developed in a manner that allows public participation

  • Are accessible, consistent, and written in plain language

  • Use the least burdensome methods to achieve regulatory goals

We continue to encourage public input on how DOI can improve its plan and on regulations that can be improved or eliminated.

Interior's status reports on retrospective regulatory review can be found here:

May 2011

September 2012

January 2013

July 2013

January 2014

July 2014

February 2015

July 2015 

January 2016 

July 2016


The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, among other things, established the requirement for agencies to accept comments on potential rule-makings, electronically; making various materials including comments and rule-making materials publically available.  The Department publishes all notices and rule-making documents in the Federal Register and welcomes any comments on potential rule-makings.  They can be found here.

You can also visit as another method of commenting of the Departments rule-making efforts. 

Interior's complete regulations can be found here.

Becoming more flexible, reducing costs and all around improvement

On February 28, 2011, President Obama issued a memorandum that directs agencies to work with State, local, and tribal governments to identify opportunities to promote efficiency and reduce reporting and regulatory burdens.

To accomplish this, we invite comments on how well the Department's existing regulations and relationships with State, local and tribal governments are consistent with this memorandum and the principles of Executive Order 13563 and ways we can make our relationships with State, local, and tribal governments more efficient and effective.

Please send comments to We will carefully review all comments, but we are not able to respond to them individually.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.