The Department of Homeland Security is requesting public input by Nov. 10 on existing significant regulations, including customs and international trade rules, that it should consider as candidates for streamlining or repeal. This request is part of the department’s tri-annual retrospective review of its regulations.

DHS states that it will afford significantly greater weight to feedback that identifies specific regulations, includes actionable data, or provides viable alternatives that meet statutory obligations and regulatory objectives. Commenters should provide specific data that document the costs, burdens, and benefits of existing regulations and to that end are encouraged to emphasize those rules that have been in effect for a sufficient amount of time to warrant a fair evaluation. The department notes that comments that rehash debates over recently issued rules will be less useful.

Issues on which comments are sought include the following.

- regulations that make no sense or have become unnecessary, ineffective, or ill-advised

- regulations that have become outdated and ways to modernize them to better accomplish their regulatory objectives

- regulations that are still necessary but have not operated as well as expected such that a modified, stronger, or slightly different approach is justified

- whether DHS currently collects information it does not need or use effectively to achieve regulatory objectives

- regulations that are unnecessarily complicated or could be streamlined to achieve regulatory objectives in more efficient ways

- regulations that have been overtaken by technological developments and whether new technologies can be leveraged to streamline or do away with existing regulatory requirements

- regulations that are not tailored to impose the least burden on society

- regulations that create difficulty because of duplication, overlap, or inconsistency

- regulations that are working well that minimize burden and can be used as a model for other DHS regulatory programs

- how to best obtain and consider accurate, objective information and data about the costs, burdens, and benefits of existing regulations

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