Executive Order 13579

Original Text

Effective Dates
1/18/2011 - Present

Reform Goals
Requests that independent regulatory agencies comply with Executive Order 13563, which is to “consider how best” to make plans for reviewing existing significant regulations and identify “outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome” rules, and to “modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in accordance with what has been learned.” 

Requirements (What of whom?)
Identical to Executive Order 13563, however swaps out “should” for “shall”, making the requirements non-binding. [1]

Oversight for rule compliance
See Executive Order 13563

Reform “Teeth”
Independent regulatory agencies have full discretion to comply (or not) with this order.


Presidents tiptoe around political sensitivity regarding the “independence” of independent regulatory agencies by excluding them from orders altogether or limiting themselves to polite, non-binding requests. Given the weak language of these orders, it is not surprising when the agencies fail to take action.


  1. Randolph J. May. "An Obama mandate to trim outmoded rules is one Trump should keep." The Federalist Society. December 21, 2016 Link , PDF