NHTSA Slammed Over Plan To Ramp Up Rulemaking Process

Law360, New York (March 28, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday proposed a new direct final rulemaking procedure that would allow it to expedite the adoption of rules it considers "noncontroversial," prompting outcry from industry groups over the potential threat to agency transparency.

The NHTSA said that the procedure will allow it to save time and agency resources by issuing a direct final rule adopting new amendments via an expedited process. It noted that the Administrative Procedures Act does not require notice and comment rulemaking procedures when an agency...
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