USDOT names reform officer

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation has named a Regulatory Reform Officer to lead efforts to weed out unnecessary regulations.

Jeffrey Rosen, DOT’s deputy secretary, will be chairman of the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force, established under an executive order issued in February by President Trump that seeks to reduce burdensome federal regulations.

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has directed the task force to “consider ways to accomplish DOT’s primary safety objectives in less burdensome ways and to further review ‘midnight rules’ that were issued at the end of the last administration,” the department said.

It is unclear which regulations will be targeted by the task force or whether any of them involve rules issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Regulations required by acts of Congress, such as FMCSA’s electronic logging device and drug and alcohol clearinghouse rules, apparently wouldn’t be affected.

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