What is Significant Guidance?


 

 

Federal agencies, including the Coast Guard, often develop, issue, and use guidance documents in order to provide guidance materials for understanding and complying with Federal laws, regulations and other legal requirements.  In 2007, President Bush issued Executive Order 13422 (EO 13422) to require Federal agencies to follow certain procedural steps for developing, issuing, and using certain types of guidance documents – significant guidance documents.


Under EO 13422, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) established the procedures agencies must follow when developing, issuing and using significant guidance documents.  These procedures are set out in OMB’s Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices
.  The purpose of establishing these procedures is to ensure that guidance is developed with appropriate review and public participation and is accessible and transparent to the public; is of high quality; and is not improperly treated as legally binding by agencies. 

 

There are two types of guidance documents covered by EO 13422 – Significant Guidance Documents and Economically Significant Guidance Documents – defined in Section I of EO 13422, as follows:

 

Significant Guidance Document means a guidance document disseminated to regulated entities or the general public that, for purposes of this order, may reasonably be anticipated to:

 

Economically Significant Guidance Document means a guidance document disseminated to regulated entities or the general public that, for purposes of this order, may reasonably be anticipated to:

 

         lead to an annual effect of $100 million or more; or

         adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities.

 

Viewing Coast Guard Significant Guidance

 

You may view current Coast Guard significant and economically significant guidance documents by clicking on the CG Significant Guidance Documents link to the left.

 

Submitting Comments

 

If you would like to comment on a particular significant guidance document, you may submit it to the Coast Guard at mssc.exec.sec@uscg.mil.  Note that public comment under these procedures is for the benefit of the agency and no formal response by the Coast Guard is required unless the document is economically significant.

If you believe the Coast Guard is not following the significant guidance document procedures or is improperly treating a significant guidance document as a legally binding requirement, you may contact the Executive Secretary of the Marine Safety and Security Council at mssc.exec.sec@uscg.mil.


   
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