GAO Report Finds Dodd-Frank Rulemaking Is Half Done

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GAO recently issued a report on the status of Dodd-Frank rulemaking. Overall, GAO identified 236 provisions of the act that require regulators to issue rulemakings across nine key areas. As of December 2012, regulators had issued final rules for about 48 percent of these provisions; however, in some cases the dates by which affected entities had to comply with the rules had yet to be reached. Of the remaining provisions, regulators had proposed rules for about 29 percent, and rulemakings had not occurred for about 23 percent.

According to GAO, a variety of challenges affected regulators’ progress in implementing the act’s reforms. Regulators noted that completing rules has taken time because of the number and complexity of the issues, and because many rules are interconnected.  Further, regulators said that implementing the act’s reforms requires a great deal of coordination at the domestic and international levels. Although regulators have established mechanisms to facilitate coordination and believe coordination efforts have improved the quality of the rulemakings, several regulators indicated that coordination increased the amount of time needed to finalize rulemakings. Finally, regulators noted that they have prioritized developing responsive, appropriate rules over meeting tight statutory deadlines. As a result, some important rules may take the longest to develop.

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