To All Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
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legislation to reduce the burden of excessive regulations on employers by reforming the outdated federal regulatory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.