Tracking Regulatory Modernization in the Trump Administration

With the signature of a landmark executive order establishing a regulatory budget in the U.S., and the goal of $0 net regulatory costs for the remainder of the fiscal year, regulatory modernization is front-and-center in domestic policy. Congress has also pledged to significantly reform the administrative state and has already repealed several last-minute regulations from President Obama under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

The chart below tracks the progress of regulatory modernization during the Trump Administration. Every CRA measure signed into law and all rulemakings that reduce paperwork hours or costs will be available below (and updated weekly). This reflects data from 2017 onward and all figures are from benefit-costs analyses provided by federal agencies, available at To date, Congress and the administration have saved $4 billion and 44.9 million hours of paperwork. Combined with executive actions and formal delays and the amount of affected regulation rises to $50.6 billion and more than 50.9 million hours of paperwork.

Regulation Cost Paperwork Hours Action
SNAP: Eligibility, Certification -$286 million -40,531,435 Rulemaking
Alternative Pilot Examination -$42.4 million   Rulemaking
Gas Order Number 1 -$7 million 29,400 Rulemaking
Paperwork Reduction Amendments   -1,385 Rulemaking
Amendments to Capital Plans   -110,378 Rulemaking
Repeal of Resource Extraction Issuers -$1.2 billion -217,408 CRA Resolution
Repeal of Coal Mining Rule -$1.2 billion -218,457 CRA Resolution
Contractor Blacklisting Rule -$872 million -2,171,320 CRA Resolution
NICS Improvement Amendments Act     CRA Resolution
Resource Management Planning   -1,965 CRA Resolution
Teacher Preparation Issues -$278 million -732,289 CRA Resolution
Accountability and State Plans -$73 million -936,451 CRA Resolution
Drug Testing of Unemployment Applicants     CRA Resolution
Non-subsistence Take of Wildlife     CRA Resolution
Accurate Records of Recordable Injuries     CRA Resolution
Updated Totals: $4 billion in fewer costs and -44,906,652 hours

In addition, this project will track executive actions and formal delays from the administration’s regulatory moratorium. The tables below will provide an ongoing tally of both.

Executive Actions

Regulation Cost Paperwork Hours Action
Fiduciary Rule $31.5 billion 56,833 Review
CAFE: 2022-2025 $4.2 billion 5,667 Review
“Waters of the United States” $463 million   Review
Totals: $36.1 billion in affected costs and possibly -62,500 hours

Notable Rule Delays

Regulation Cost Paperwork Hours Delay
Standards for Ceiling Fans $4.4 billion   September 30, 2017
Requirements for Vehicle Operators $3.6 billion 59,030 May 22, 2017
Packers and Stockyards Rule $937 million   April 22, 2017
Exposure to Beryllium $630 million 196,894 May 20, 2017
Organic Livestock Practices $370 million 132,078 May 19, 2017
Confidentiality of Patient Records $241 million 457,482 March 21, 2017
Risk Management Programs under CAA $131 million 1,778,244 June 19, 2017
Formaldehyde Emission Standards $105 million 1,500,000 May 22, 2017
Minimum Sound for Hybrids $42 million 42 May 22, 2017
Proposed Poultry Grower Ranking Systems $34 million   March 24, 2017
Certification of Pesticide Applicators $31 million 1,853,118 May 22, 2017
Construction of Residential Buildings $13 million   September 30, 2017
Products Made from Tobacco $2.8 million   March 19, 2018
Totals: $10.5 billion in affected costs and possibly -5,976,888 hours