Flouting Congress's Will: Rules Delayed at the White House Beyond Legal Deadlines

All rules and regulations set by federal agencies must be written within the parameters set by Congress in our laws. Some laws set a specific deadline for an agency to issue a specific rule. But a number of those deadlines are being flouted.

For example, the Food Safety Modernization Act, passed by Congress in 2010 and signed by President Barack Obama in 2011, ordered the Food and Drug Administration to issue major new food safety requirements by July 2012. But that deadline came and went - with the initial proposed versions of most of the rules in review at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) throughout 2012. (After a food safety group sued the FDA and the White House, the agency promised to finalize the rules in 2015 and 2016, after a second round of OIRA review).

Several rules that Congress has ordered completed by specific legal deadlines are stalled at OIRA today, most past lawmakers' deadlines.