Manufacturing companies welcomed news last month that the U.S. Office ofand Budget (OMB) plans to thoroughly review and modernize the rules that regulate manufacturing. The National Association of Manufacturers has long argued that regulatory compliance costs fall more heavily on manufacturing than any other sector—especially on small manufacturers. The OMB is asking the public to identify rules that impede competitiveness in the U.S. manufacturing sector. When OMB in 2002 asked for public comment on how other federal regulations could be improved, it received 316 suggestions and acted on a quarter of them. For details, visit www.omb.gov/pubpress, and click on report 2004-05.