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Walker Introduces GOOD Act to Increase Federal Agency Transparency and Instill Public Trust in our Institutions

June 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) has introduced H.R. 7396, the Guidance Out of Darkness (GOOD) Act, to increase access to agency guidance documents.

“Federal agencies owe it to the American people to adopt parameters ensuring more transparency in the regulatory guidance process," Walker said. "Through this critical legislation, we can instill public trust and confidence in our institutions while achieving much needed permanent clarity at the same time." 

This legislation is the House companion of S. 380, the Guidance Out of Darkness (GOOD) Act, which was introduced on February 7, 2019 by Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). 

Specifically, the bill establishes requirements for the posting of agency guidance documents, such as being published on the date they are issued. Additionally, agencies would be requested to designate a single location website to publish all guidance documents that are in effect and indicate which documents have been rescinded. Under the GOOD Act, agencies would be required to make a hyperlink to this website easily accessible. 

In October 2019, President Trump issued an executive order calling for increased transparency by ensuring all active guidance documents are made available to the public and include public input. 

View the GOOD Act in its entirety here