When a cadre of manufacturing executives came to the White House in February, a repeat visit for the group, they said one of their highest hopes was for less regulation — and not just for big companies.
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said in February that the executives sought relief for small and medium businesses "impacted by burdensome regulations." "That's where we want to develop jobs and growth," she said. "The president listened intently and wanted to take action."
The following day, Trump, flanked by those executives, responded
CNBC reached out to 20 government agencies to inquire about the status of the regulatory reform appointment and the progress of the corresponding task force. Just a handful of agencies responded with the names of their appointees.
Brian Callanan has been designated as Treasury's regulatory reform officer. In March, Callanan was named deputy general counsel of the Treasury Department and currently serves as acting general counsel. Previously, he was staff director and general counsel of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Sen. Rob Portman.
The Environmental Protection Agency, whose administrator has been vocal about the volume of regulations he plans to roll back, has devoted a landing page to the issue, which included the appointment Samantha
James Uthmeier, senior counsel to the Department of Commerce and former private sector attorney, will chair the department's regulatory task force, a spokesperson said.
The Department of Education declined to comment, as did the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Veterans Affairs directed inquiries to the White House. The White House directed the question to the Office of Management and Budget. A spokesperson for the OMB told CNBC: "We are working with agencies and compiling information as we speak."
The other agencies CNBC contacted did not respond.