Today Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson introduced the Guidance Out Of Darkness (GOOD) Act to reform the creep of federal regulation. Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute responded:
“The GOOD Act is an important step toward reining in regulatory dark matter – guidance documents, memoranda, notices and more – that federal agencies use to influence policy. Even as it has become ever more extensive, the scope of regulatory dark matter has largely remained a mystery, including the subset of economically significant guidance that grows unchecked.
“Requiring vastly more disclosure, ensuring that federal agencies post all guidance documents online is a sensible and essential step to beginning to hold federal agencies accountable for their actions.”