In a major new development, the FAA has sent the Small UAS NPRM to the White House for a final interagency review. This means that a final small UAS rule is coming soon
Before any significant regulatory action takes effect, it first must go through a review process at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the White House. OIRA is located within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Executive Office of the President.
It is commonly said that OIRA is the most important agency in Washington, DC that nobody has heard of. OIRA reviews draft regulations before they are implemented and reviews and evaluates cost/benefit analyses to determine whether the benefits of a rule would justify the costs.
We are now at an extremely important step in the rulemaking process, which provides industry stakeholders with one final opportunity to provide additional input before the final rule is released.
If you would like to communicate your views to the White House during this review period, let us know. We would be happy to help.
And off we go in what seems to be a heck of a hurry.
No doubt there is much commentary to come from both better informed and scholarly sources. In the meanwhile here is the document the FAA submitted.