Department of Transportation -- Unified Agenda
(Semiannual Regulatory Agenda)


Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735) and the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) require that agencies publish semiannual regulatory agendas describing regulatory actions they are developing or have recently completed. The agendas are published in the Federal Register, usually during April and October each year, as part of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

In the table of contents for the Federal Register issue, the agendas are listed under the Proposed Rule section of each issuing agency.

The Unified Agenda is maintained as a separate database under the GPO Access Federal Register service. To search the Unified Agenda, go to the Multidatabase Search Form (at the U.S. Government Printing Office website).

In accordance with Executive Order 12866 "Regulatory Planning and Review" (58 FR 51735; October 4, 1993) and the Department of Transportation's Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979), DOT prepares a semiannual regulatory agenda. It summarizes all current and projected rulemaking, reviews of existing regulations, and completed actions of DOT. These are matters on which action has begun or is projected during the succeeding 12 months or such longer period as may be anticipated or for which action has been completed since the last agenda.

The Office of the Secretary and all DOT operating administrations, except the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Highway Administration, have developed a 10-year plan for the analysis and review of all their rules. These reviews comply with section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Federal Aviation Administration, in addition to reviewing its rules according to the 10-year plan, has established a process by which the public is asked for its comments on which rules need review the most (see FAA Regulatory Review Program).

The most recent Unified Agenda for the Deparment of Transportation is published in full in Federal Register, April 24, 2000, pages 23092-23120 (linked file is ASCII, 180 kb). Below are the FAA plans published as part of the November 1999 and April 2000 DOT Unified Agendas:


April 2000

[[Page 23099]] FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION SECTION 610 REVIEW PLAN --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Analysis Review Year Regulations to be Reviewed Year Year --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 14 CFR parts 1 through 21 1998 1999 2 14 CFR parts 23 through 34 1999 2000 3 14 CFR parts 35 through 49 2000 2001 4 * 14 CFR parts 61 through 77 2001 2002 5 14 CFR parts 91 through 105 2002 2003 6 14 CFR parts 107 through 133 2003 2004 7 14 CFR parts 135 through 147 2004 2005 8 14 CFR parts 150 through 169 2005 2006 9 14 CFR parts 170 through 198 2006 2007 10 14 CFR parts 400 through 415 2007 2008 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- * FAA will also review all other rules dealing with alcohol and drugs Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules analyzed and a summary of the results 14 CFR part 1-Definitions and abbreviations + Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. This part provides definitions and abbreviations used in other parts of the regulations and do not have impact aside from the parts where they are used. + Plain Language: To the extent that the FAA's plain language study identified a need for revisions in this part, revisions will be made when the FAA has the opportunity and resources to do so. + General: The impact of the definitions here will be considered in connection with the other parts in which they are used. 14 CFR part 11--General rulemaking procedures 14 CFR part 13--Investigatie and enforcement procedures 14 CFR part 14--Rules implementing the Equal Access to Justice Act of 1980 14 CFR part 15--Administrative claims under Federal Tort Claims Act 14 CFR part 16--Rules of practice for Federally--assisted airport enforcement proceedings + For parts 11-16 above: [[Page 23100]] + Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. These are procedural. + Plain Language: To the extent that the FAA's plain language study identified a need for revisions in these parts, revisions will be made when the FAA has the opportunity and resources to do so. + General: It is not necessary to review these regulations at this time, since the FAA has no indication that changes are needed to make them less burdensome on small entities. 14 CFR 21 -- Certification procedures for products and parts + Section 610: SEIOSNOSE. A number of sections in this part have a SEIOSNOSE. A substantial number of small entities may incur significant costs in complying with these sections. Hence, the impact on these entities may be significant. The FAA intends to conduct a section 610 review of this part during the next year. + Plain Language: To the extent that the FAA's plain language study identified a need for revisions in this part, revisions will be made when the FAA has the opportunity and resources to do so. + General: If changes are identified, they will be made. Year 2 (Fall 1999) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next year 14 CFR 23--Airworthiness standards: normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category airplanes 14 CFR 25--Airworthiness standards: transport category airplanes 14 CFR 27--Airworthiness standards: normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category rotorcraft 14 CFR 29--Airworthiness standards: transport category rotorcraft 14 CFR 31--Airworthiness standards: manned free balloons 14 CFR 33--Airworthiness standards: aircraft engines 14 CFR 34--Fuel venting and exhaust emission requirements for turbine engine powered airplanes Section 610 Reviews resulting from Year 1 analysis: One 14 CFR 21--Certification procedures for products and parts + The FAA intends to conduct a 610 review (a review under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act) during the next year and a RIN number has been assigned to the Agenda to reflect this review. The public is invited to submit comments to the FAA by January 31, 2000, on whether any rules in this part can be amended or rescinded to reduce any SEIOSNOSE without reducing the level of safety provided by the rule.

November 1999

(Excerpt from Federal Register, November 22, 1999)
[[Page 64689]] FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION SECTION 610 REVIEW PLAN --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Analysis Review Year Regulations to be Reviewed Year Year --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 14 CFR parts 1 through 21 1998 1999 2 14 CFR parts 23 through 34 1999 2000 3 14 CFR parts 35 through 49 2000 2001 4 14 CFR parts 61 through 77 2001 2002 5 14 CFR parts 91 through 105 2002 2003 6 14 CFR parts 107 through 133 2003 2004 7 14 CFR parts 135 through 147 2004 2005 8 14 CFR parts 150 through 169 2005 2006 9 14 CFR parts 170 through 198 2006 2007 10 14 CFR parts 400 through 415 2007 2008 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- * FAA will also review all other rules dealing with alcohol and drugs Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules analyzed and a summary of the results 14 CFR part 1-Definitions and abbreviations + Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. This part provides definitions and abbreviations used in other parts of the regulations and do not have impact aside from the parts where they are used. + Plain Language: To the extent that the FAA's plain language study identified a need for revisions in this part, revisions will be made when the FAA has the opportunity and resources to do so. + General: The impact of the definitions here will be considered in connection with the other parts in which they are used. 14 CFR part 11-General rulemaking procedures 14 CFR part 13-Investigation and enforcement procedures 14 CFR part 14-Rules implementing the Equal Access to Justice Act of 1980 14 CFR part 15-Administrative claims under Federal Tort Claims Act 14 CFR part 16-Rules of practice for Federally-assisted airport enforcement proceedings For parts 11-16 above: + Section 610: No SEIOSNOSE. These are procedural.. [[Page 64690]] + Plain Language: To the extent that the FAA's plain language study identified a need for revisions in these parts, revisions will be made when the FAA has the opportunity and resources to do so. + General: It is not necessary to review these regulations at this time, since the FAA has no indication that changes are needed to make them less burdensome on small entities. 14 CFR 21 - Certification procedures for products and parts + Section 610: SEIOSNOSE. A number of sections in this part have a SEIOSNOSE. A substantial number of small entities may incur significant costs in complying with these sections. Hence, the impact on these entities may be significant. The FAA intends to conduct a section 610 review of this part during the next year. + Plain Language: To the extent that the FAA's plain language study identified a need for revisions in this part, revisions will be made when the FAA has the opportunity and resources to do so. + General: If changes are identified, they will be made. Year 2 (Fall 1999) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next year 14 CFR 23-Airworthiness standards: normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category airplanes 14 CFR 25-Airworthiness standards: transport category airplanes 14 CFR 27-Airworthiness standards: normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category rotorcraft 14 CFR 29-Airworthiness standards: transport category rotorcraft 14 CFR 31-Airworthiness standards: manned free balloons 14 CFR 33-Airworthiness standards: aircraft engines 14 CFR 34-Fuel venting and exhaust emission requirements for turbine engine powered airplanes Section 610 Reviews resulting from Year 1 analysis: One 14 CFR 21-Certification procedures for products and parts The FAA carries out its responsibility to promote safety of flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing minimum standards governing the design and construction of aircraft, aircraft engines and propellers and appliances as may be required in the interest of safety. The FAA has established procedural requirements in 14 CFR part 21 for the issuance of the following certificates and approvals: (1) type certificates and changes to type certificates; (2) production certificates; (3) airworthiness certificates; (4) export airworthiness certificates and approvals; and (5) approval of certain materials, parts, processes and appliances produced for sale or installation on a type certificated product. Also contained in this part are rules governing the holders of these certificates. In order to be issued a type certificate, the applicant must show that the product complies with the airworthiness standards for the product (aircraft, aircraft engine, or propeller). The airworthiness standards are amended as needed to reflect continually changing technology, correct design deficiencies, and provide for safety enhancements. The FAA intends to conduct a 610 review of this part during the next year and RIN number 2120-AG93 has been added to the Agenda to reflect this review. The public is invited to submit comments to the FAA by January 31, 2000, on whether any rules in this part can be amended or rescinded to reduce any SEIOSNOSE without reducing the level of safety provided by the rule.