Rep. McIntosh Seeks CPSC `Guidance' Documents.
McIntosh's canvass is designed to aid his legislation, HR 3521, The Congressional Accountability for Regulatory Information Act of 2000. McIntosh says his bill has a provision to improve the public's understanding of the effect of agency guidance documents (such as guidance, guidelines, manuals, and handbooks). The bill requires agencies to include a notice on the first page of each agency guidance document to make clear that, if the document has no general applicability or future effect, it is not legally binding.
The Congressman noted, "Under the Congressional Review Act, `rules' subject to Congressional review are broadly defined to include not only regulatory actions subject to statutory notice and comment but also other agency actions that contain statements of general applicability and future effect designed to implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy."
Consequently, McIntosh has asked CPSC to submit copies of all non-codified documents issued since March 1996 showing whether each "guidance" document included the recommended explanation of its legal effect.
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|Date:||Jul 1, 2000|
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