Tracking Federal Regulations? There’s an App for That.


What’s a busy executive to do when there’s a real need to track the progress of impactful federal regulations, but no time to check the website? Starting today, the Office of Management and Budget has the answer.

Introducing the RegInfo Mobile app, OMB’s latest innovation to help business executives or anyone else keep track of pending federal regulations under review.

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(Render courtesy of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 2016)

Reginfo.gov, a website that tracks the status of regulatory actions, has been around for more than a decade, said Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

“With today’s launch, we’re bringing this information to the palm of your hand,” Shelanski said in a blog post on the OMB site.

RegInfo Mobile, which is available for iPhone and Android, allows users to more easily find information about the status of federal regulations and information collection requests, Shelanski said. 

Transparency and the difficulty of tracking regulations has been a complaint of everyone from Republicans on Capitol Hill to liberal public interest organizations.

The Reginfo.gov website was revolutionary at the time it was launched, with an easy-to-read dashboard and graphics showing pending regulatory actions, whether a notice, proposed rule or final rule.

On Dec. 21, the website showed a total of 98 pending regulatory actions, with the highest number, 20, coming from the Department of Health and Human Services, followed by 13 pending actions from the Department of Transportation and 11 from the Environmental Protection Agency.

With the new app, users can view current and historical information about rulemakings, as well as information about OIRA’s pending and concluded reviews of significant rulemakings and information requests. 

The app also can access the log of past and upcoming public meetings about regulations under OIRA review. And a new feature will allow users to view an interactive visual timeline of the development of a particular rule throughout the review process, Shelanski said.