Pits and Peeves Initiative


In 2011, the State hosted a series of Roundtable discussions where business organizations, associations, advocacy groups, public policy groups, academia members, local government officials, and nonprofit organizations spoke to senior state government executives about the realities of red tape and regulatory agencies. The following themes emerged, which have guided Colorado’s Pits and Peeves Initiative in the years to come: improving government culture to focus on customer service, streamlining regulatory processes, greater agency coordination, periodic review of agency rules and regulations, and more effective use of technology.

The findings and progress made through the Pits and Peeves initiatives has been documented along the way, and can be found in the following reports:

The Omnibus Report, Cutting Red Tape in Colorado State Government (Dec. 2011)

The initial report summarized key “red tape” issues (e.g. regulatory inefficiencies, obstacles, unnecessary burdens and logjams) that businesses, local governments and citizens regularly encountered in dealing with state government. The information in this report was obtained through a series of roundtable forums held across the state during the summer of 2011; participants included a diverse group of representatives from over 100 business organizations, local governments, advocacy groups and community groups.

The Supplemental Report on Rule Review by State Agencies (Jan. 2014)

The follow-up report details the review of more than 7,500 rules by executive agencies in response to the Executive Order D 2012-002 and recommendations in the earlier Omnibus Report, and describes the steps state agencies have taken to embed rigorous rule review procedures as an integral part of ongoing regulatory processes, ensuring the sustainability of the gains made through the most recent review process.

Pits and Peeves 2.0 - Progress in Motion Report (Aug. 2014)

The latest report reveals that a total of 13,290 rules have been reviewed by executive agencies, with 5,322 amended and 1,522 repealed, in response to Executive Order D 2012-002, which charged state agencies to conduct periodic rule reviews to determine their need and effectiveness. “Eliminating outdated, irrelevant and unnecessary regulations and streamlining the remaining rules helps reduce the burdens and costs of compliance for businesses, which ultimately creates savings for the consuming public,” said DORA Executive Director Barbara Kelley.

Contact Information

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
1560 Broadway, Suite 110
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-7855 or 1-800-866-7675