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Cut Red Tape Where|Possible, Obama Orders

WASHINGTON (CN) - President Obama has put Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jacob Lew at the head of the effort to limit federal paperwork and regulatory requirements in coordination with state, tribal and local governments.

In a memorandum outlining his order, Obama said that the primary purpose of the review was to increase regulatory flexibility and minimize compliance costs. The president hopes that resources saved can be used for services essential to achieving government outcomes that are better and at lower cost than before.

This effort, though led by the OMB, will be carried out by all agencies as called for in an executive order Obama signed in January.

In January, Obama ordered each executive branch department to analyze all existing regulations to eliminate redundant reporting requirements between agencies and to develop internal guidelines for providing flexibility with compliance requirements for state, tribal and local governments.

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