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AF&PA, AWC Call for Regulatory Transparency at House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing

Mar 14, 2018

AF&PA: Chuck Fuqua / Barbara Riley
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AWC: Heather Stegner
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WASHINGTON – In testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the American Forest & Paper Association and American Wood Council called for federal agencies to implement stronger good guidance practices and benefit-cost analysis to ensure agency guidance and regulations do more good than harm. Paul Noe, Vice President for Public Policy for both associations, testified as one of five panelists at the Capitol Hill hearing - “Shining Light on the Federal Regulatory Process.” The full text of his testimony can be found here.

Donna Harman, President and CEO of AF&PA

“A transparent and accountable federal regulatory process supports efficient and sound government, promotes the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and job creation and enhances societal well-being.  These valuable principles can be reinforced through strong good guidance practices, more rigorous cost-benefit analysis and greater transparency of the information supporting regulatory decision making. We thank the committee for providing a platform to identify problems and discuss solutions to improve the federal regulatory process for the good of our nation, its economy and its citizens.”

Robert Glowinski, President and CEO of AWC

“Agency guidance documents can provide important direction to regulatory programs. However, like the programs themselves, guidance documents can nonetheless have significant impact and should be developed through a transparent and accountable process. Moreover, agencies should ensure they implement their regulatory statutes to do more good than harm, as every president has ordered them to do over 37 years.

AWC thanks the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for the opportunity to discuss good guidance practices. We continue to support a smarter, more cost-effective regulatory process.”

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About AF&PA

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

About AWC

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, an industry that provides approximately 400,000 men and women in the United States with family-wage jobs. AWC represents 86 percent of the structural wood products industry, and members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products. | @woodcouncil