Because federal rules and regulations often affect local government operations, budgets and development, NLC works to ensure that federal agencies consider the local government perspective when developing regulatory policy.
NLC regularly monitors federal regulatory activity. On a case-by-case basis, the Center for Federal Relations will seek information from local governments on the potential cost or impact a proposed regulatory action may have on cities and submit comments to the federal agency detailing the local government position or perspective.
In addition, NLC has convened a subcommittee to discuss the impact of regulations on local economic development, including related environmental and transportation issues. The subcommittee will look into various regulations and determine any changes that may be suggested to the Administration to improve local programs and lessen regulatory barriers in these three areas.