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 2011, President Obama issued an Executive Order calling for federal agencies to make their regulations more efficient, effective, and accountable. NLC continues to review the agencies' plans and, where appropriate, submits comments underscoring opportunities to reduce the burden of unnecessary regulations on local governments.