CRS Report: Agency Delay: Congressional and Judicial Means to Expedite Agency Rulemaking

From the introduction to Agency Delay: Congressional and Judicial Means to Expedite Agency Rulemaking (Oct. 5, 2018):

Congress has a number of means at its disposal to reduce the likelihood of agency delays in rulemaking. Even if Congress does not impose any specific timing requirements for an agency to act, the Administrative Procedure Act’s (APA’s) default rule requires that the agency act “within a reasonable time.” If Congress wishes to impose more stringent requirements, it can enact nonbinding time frames or hard statutory deadlines for particular agency rulemakings. Finally, if timing is of primary importance, Congress may impose statutory penalties on the agency should it fail to meet deadlines.

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