Republicans accuse Obama administration of ‘regulatory hide and seek’

Federal regulators are required to release a Unified Agenda in the spring and fall that details plans and anticipated deadlines for regulations in the pipeline. Typically, the document is published in April and October.

Last year, the Obama administration published only a single agenda, in late December and none has been released thus far in 2013.

“The Obama administration is once again playing a game of regulatory hide and seek with the American people,” said Rep. John Kline (R-Minn), chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee. “Taxpayers, workers, and job creators deserve to know what new rules are being developed by the federal bureaucracy.”

Kline and four other Republicans on the panel sent a letter Friday to the White House Office of Management and Budget requesting documents and communications related to regulatory discussions within the departments of Agriculture, Labor and Health and Human Services.

“Regulatory uncertainty can hamper economic growth by undermining the ability of employers, workers, and entrepreneurs to hire, spend, and invest,” the lawmakers wrote.

Also signing the letter were Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Todd Rokita (R-Ind.).