Audit stampRetrospective reviews of the costs and benefits of federal regulations has long been a goal of presidents and regulatory experts across the political spectrum.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday issued a notice requiring the department to review its regulations every 10 years. These reviews would determine whether they are subject to review under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), which requires regular review of certain significant regulations.

Regulations that are subject to the RFA must be reviewed in this timeframe to see if they are still necessary and are achieving the desired results. If regulations are not reviewed in a timely manner, they will expire.

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