Trump’s Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Relief

by Maria Bianca Armiento

On May 19, 2020, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Relief (n. 13924)

The executive order is meant to deal with the disastrous economic consequences brought by Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, businesses and enterprises should not be hindered in their activities. To this purpose, agencies should “address this economic emergency by rescinding, modifying, waiving, or providing exemptions from regulations and other requirements that may inhibit economic recovery”. Moreover, businesses should be given confidence to re-open and their efforts to comply with complicated norms should be recognized as well (section 1). 

In particular, the executive order provided that the heads of agency have to identify all the regulatory standards that could make economic more difficult and act accordingly (section 3) and accelerate pre-enforcement rulings or decline enforcement against persons that have tried in good faith to comply with the rules and standards (section 4). 

Finally, the principle of fairness should guide agencies in administrative enforcement and adjudication (section 6). Regulatory standards modified during the pandemic should also be reviewed (section 7).