Obama Issued 40% of Major Rules Without Public Notification

And “Major Rules” means rules with at least 100 billion dollars of economic impact. The least transparent administration has gone on being as opaque as its morals.

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), 35 percent of major federal regulations – those with at least $100 billion in annual economic impact – were issued without a public notice from 2003 to 2010.

The GAO found a large spike in this practice under President Barack Obama, with the percentage of major rules issued without public notice jumping from 26 percent in 2008 to 40 percent in 2009. The number of major rules issued this way also hit a high point in both 2009 and 2010. (Obama’s first year in office began in January 2009.)

In particular, from 2008 to 2009, the percentage of major rules without an NPRM increased from 26 percent to 40 percent,” reported the GAO.  “Agencies issued the largest numbers of major rules without an NPRM in 2009 and 2010 (34 in each year), though the percentage was higher in 2009 than in 2010.”

The Obama administration also drastically increased the use of so-called interim final rules. These rules are effective immediately and issued without public notice but often allow public comment once they are issued. Interim final rules differ from the normal federal rulemaking process in that they skip the normal notice-and-comment period in favor of simply issuing final regulations immediately, with the possibility that the rule can be changed later.

From 2003 to 2010, the GAO found that about 47 percent of all rules without an NPRM were interim rules.

Normally, federal law requires that all regulations – both major and non-major – be opened for public comment and inspection through the publication of an NPRM, allowing the public and interested groups to read the regulations and submit comments on proposed changes.

Most of the major rules issued without public notice were issued by two agencies, the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The HHS issued 38 percent of all major rules enacted without public comment while the USDA issued 24 percent.

Well it’s not like the public has an interest in its health care or its farms.

God said, “I need college man to come to a farm and tell the farmer that he can’t feed his hogs with lettuce from his own farm or use the manure from his pigs to grow his lettuce. I need an inspector who will tell him how much he can sell his milk for and warn him that his son riding on the tractor constitutes child labor. I need someone to pay a farmer not to farm so that poor people can’t afford bread.”

So God made a Democrat.

  • SoCalMike

    All while the false prophets at the Slimes and the Compost sit around like shifty eyed kids who just ripped off the candy store hoping and pretending no one noticed.

  • Mary Sue

    Changing the rules on you guys without telling you! That's not kosher!

  • JacksonPearson

    I have to blame Congress for allowing him to get away with everything that he's pulled off so far.

    Because Congress have been more than legally notified by among others, including Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Cold Posse Investigators that's he's an alleged fraud and fake. Meaning, everything that Obama have touched, signed, appointed, and have killed on his international hit list, are Constitutionally illegal, and criminal acts.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Why would he notify the public, regardless of the public impact? Revolutionaries do NOT notify anyone, least of all the unwashed masses. This is the way they operate – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/08/the-lefts-mar

    The regime is marching towards tyranny and the public is allowing them.
    Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/