In January 2007, President George W. Bush issued an Executive imposing a series of new and unprecedented steps making it harder for administrative agencies to adopt regulations protecting health, safety and the environment.
At the heart of Executive Order 13422 was an effort to tighten White House control of the regulatory process and to establish criteria for regulations that made it harder for agencies to enforce statutes that protect against a variety of health, safety and environmental hazards. In February 2007 testimony before U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, CPR Member Scholar David Vladeck highlighted the dangers of the Administration’s radical approach:
Efforts by Congress to thwart the Order during the Bush Administration failed. But on January 30, 2009, President Barack Obama issued a new Executive Order revoking 13422.