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NRCA supports the Regulatory Accountability Act

Jan. 10, 2017

To All Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Representative,

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) strongly supports the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 5), legislation to reduce the burden of excessive regulations on employers by reforming the outdated federal regulatory system. NRCA urges you to support this vital initiative when it comes before the House for a vote.

Established in 1886, NRCA is one of the nation's oldest trade associations and the voice of professional roofing contractors worldwide. NRCA has approximately 3,500 members in all 50 states that are typically small, privately held companies with the average member employing 45 people and attaining sales of about $4.5 million per year.

Roofing contractors continued to face an unprecedented combination of regulations issued by the federal government in recent years. In 2011, the U.S. Small Business Administration estimated the total cost of compliance with all federal regulations nationally was $1.75 trillion, with the greatest burden falling on small businesses. The burden of often counterproductive regulations is highly disruptive to entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow their businesses. NRCA supports regulatory reform to address this problem and provide small and midsized businesses with much needed relief from excessive regulations.

The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) will reform the regulatory development process under the Administrative Procedures Act, which has not been updated since it originally was enacted nearly 70 years ago. H.R. 5 will reform and enhance the regulatory process by:
  • Increasing public participation in shaping major regulations, including consideration of economic impacts, before they are formally proposed
  • Improving agency cost/benefit analysis to minimize economic impacts of regulations
  • Holding agencies accountable by providing for more on-the-record hearings
  • Restricting agency use of interim final regulations before a regulation takes effect and providing expedited judicial review of such situations
  • Providing rigorous rules for agency use of guidance documents to prevent misuse of this tool by agencies.
With these and other reforms, the Regulatory Accountability Act will help ensure regulators base their decisions on well-documented and up-to-date information, ensure the regulatory process is fully transparent and hold agencies more accountable to the public. Ultimately, enactment of this legislation will help ensure regulations are less burdensome on employers — our nation's job creators — while also achieving public policy goals.

Again, NRCA strongly supports H.R. 5 and urges you to vote for this legislation in the House. If you have any questions or need more information about this issue, please contact NRCA's Washington, D.C., office at (202) 546-7584.

Click here to view a PDF of this letter.


Dennis Conway
Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas
NRCA Chairman of the Board

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