The Department of Energy today announced two immediate steps to implement the Obama Administration's Executive Order on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, which directs federal agencies to review existing regulations and determine whether they are still necessary and crafted effectively to solve current problems. First, to engage the public in a transparent review process, the Department is issuing a Request for Information  asking the public how best to streamline existing regulations and to identify rules that are obsolete, unnecessary, unjustified, or simply no longer make sense. All comments and reply comments will be publicly available. Second, the Department has created a link on the Office of General Counsel's web page and an email in-box at, which interested parties can use to identify to DOE—on a continuing basis—regulations in need of review in the future. According to General Counsel Scott Blake Harris, "these steps will help the Department ensure that its regulations effectively achieve their objectives and remain compatible with economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness."