Pension & Benefits News DOL announces availability of new guidance document database
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

DOL announces availability of new guidance document database

By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the establishment of a new guidance document database and describes the public-facing website that will contain the DOL’s Guidance Documents.

Pursuant to the October 9, 2019 Executive Order issued by the President, Executive Order (EO) 13891, “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents,” the DOL has set up its guidance website at The EO directed federal agencies to establish a single, searchable website that contains all of the current guidance documents. The DOL states that, as part of this process, the Department is undertaking a detailed and comprehensive review of guidance documents issued by Department agencies to determine whether such guidance aligns with the law and Administration policy and otherwise is appropriate and useful. Guidance that is outdated, superseded, invalid, unhelpful, confusing, redundant, outside an agency’s appropriate role, or contrary to law or policy is being rescinded or modified. According to the DOL, this process is ongoing and the Department’s guidance website collects decisions to retain guidance to date.

The guidance documents will also continue to be available on agency websites in their usual locations. The EO gives agencies until June 27, 2020 to add to the website any guidance missed during their initial review. The DOL will continue to refine its website as needed to enhance user accessibility and usability.

Source 85 FR 12942.

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