[USC02] 2 USC 1535: Least burdensome option or explanation required
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2 USC 1535: Least burdensome option or explanation required Text contains those laws in effect on November 17, 2019
From Title 2-THE CONGRESSCHAPTER 25-UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORMSUBCHAPTER II-REGULATORY ACCOUNTABILITY AND REFORM
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§1535. Least burdensome option or explanation required

(a) In general

Except as provided in subsection (b), before promulgating any rule for which a written statement is required under section 1532 of this title, the agency shall identify and consider a reasonable number of regulatory alternatives and from those alternatives select the least costly, most cost-effective or least burdensome alternative that achieves the objectives of the rule, for-

(1) State, local, and tribal governments, in the case of a rule containing a Federal intergovernmental mandate; and

(2) the private sector, in the case of a rule containing a Federal private sector mandate.

(b) Exception

The provisions of subsection (a) shall apply unless-

(1) the head of the affected agency publishes with the final rule an explanation of why the least costly, most cost-effective or least burdensome method of achieving the objectives of the rule was not adopted; or

(2) the provisions are inconsistent with law.

(c) OMB certification

No later than 1 year after March 22, 1995, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall certify to Congress, with a written explanation, agency compliance with this section and include in that certification agencies and rulemakings that fail to adequately comply with this section.

( Pub. L. 104–4, title II, §205, Mar. 22, 1995, 109 Stat. 66 .)