OMB drafting new guidance to let agencies use function to better understand citizen Web behavior. Draft policy includes opt-in option.
Notice likely to be published in Monday’s federal register. White House wants comments on new rules.
After more than 9 years, the Office of Management and Budget is about to revise its original policy banning the use of web cookies, or tracking software, on federal websites. The change is expected to help federal web managers better run their sites, and also offer the same kinds of user experiences now commonplace on commercial and private-sector websites.
The Obama Administration believes that one of the major planks of an open and transparent government is the ready access to public information by citizens. One of the top federal officials involved in managing the federal government’s rules and regulations says those who maintain the government’s paper and electronic records are the ”backbone of a transparent and open government.”
WFED’s Max Cacas reports.
The administration issued a new memo to help agencies implement the Plan Writing Act. Agencies have a set of deadlines to meet over the next year as part of the law.
In an effort ”to root out regulations that conflict, that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb,” the President has signed an Executive Order requiring agencies to submit a plan to review existing regulations to ensure they are not burdensome. The mandate also details five steps agencies must take to improve their regulatory process. The White House wants better coordination among agencies when writing new rules.
Experts and lawmakers say the proof will be in the OIRA guidance to agencies in how impactful these reforms will be. Agencies must submit plans to OIRA in 120 days about how they will review existing regulations to ensure they are still relevant. Agencies will have to determine a cost-benefit analysis on existing rules.
OIRA issues its second memo since the Plain Writing Act became law detailing deadlines and training requirements.