June 2017

This publication is the first time in the nearly half century of centralized regulatory review that the treatises, Archives, Reference Library, Histories and continuous updates thereto (OIRA Hall of Fame Library) that lead its creation have been  made available in one location. These work products are being made available to researchers at no cost in order to provide a platform for their informing the American public of the impact that OIRA has on their daily activities. Hopefully current visitors to this website including Congressional and judicial staff, members of the press, federal regulators and a wide range of academic scholars will continue to benefit from the material presented herein.  Researchers are invited to visit the OIRA Reference Library which contains thousands of pages of source material on OIRA which is updated daily by CRE staff.

Scores of articles have been written on OIRA by legal academicians and far fewer, unfortunately, by other disciplines. The following introductory articles are the pacesetter’s of the latter category based on their emphasis on the evolution of OIRA. The inclusion of an introductory article does not necessarily mean that CRE agrees with all its content; instead it means that it is an accurate portrayal of the views of a number of relevant  observers at a given point in time, however accurate or inaccurate. A temporal review of the articles reveals the success OIRA has had in establishing itself as “the most important institutional feature of the regulatory state”.

An OIRA that is understood is an OIRA that is respected; the continued vetting of OIRA’s operations in a public forum will ultimately result in it having a national constituency—a condition necessary  for its sustainability. If you have an article which should be included in the OIRA Archives please contact CRE.  We have chosen the following previously published articles, most of recent vintage, to introduce the most comprehensive database available on the origins and impacts of centralized regulatory review.


                                                          The Evolution of OIRA    


Rudalevige  2017   Beyond Structure and Process: Early Institutionalization of Regulatory Review

Author of Managing the President’s Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formulation which  was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Neustadt Prize as best book on the presidency published in 2002.


Eisner 2017     Regulatory Politics in an Age of Polarization and Drift: Beyond Deregulation

Dean of the Social Sciences and the Henry Merritt Wriston Chair of Public Policy at Wesleyan University, author or coauthor of nine books on topics ranging from the evolution of antitrust policy to the impact of war on statebuilding in the United States.


Sabin 2016     “Everything has a price”: Jimmy Carter and the Struggle for Balance in Federal

Regulatory Policy

Professor of History, Yale University. Author of scholarly articles on environmental and legal history and U.S. overseas expansion; his essays  have been published in the Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Tribune and Legal Affairs.


Goodwin, Ainsworth, Goodwin 2012      Lobbying and Policymaking

A trio of political science professors produced a book based upon ten years of research which demonstrates the importance of a knowledge of “OIRA procedures”;  their research was supported by the National Science Foundation.


Shapiro  2011     OIRA Inside and Out

Former employee of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Conducted executive branch reviews of labor and health regulations and a professor of public policy at Rutgers University.


Friedman 1995     Regulation in the Reagan-Bush Era: The Eruption of Presidential Influence

A professor of political science at the University System of Georgia. He published his dissertation titled Regulation in the Reagan‑Bush Era: The Eruption of Presidential Influence which was at the time of its publication one the most extensive ex post reviews of centralized regulatory review.


The following were written by  attorneys:

Farber and O’Connell 2014   The Lost World of Administrative Law

Two law professors document why Administrative Law as presently taught is becoming increasingly less relevant because it ignores the presence of institutions such as OIRA.

Revesz and Livermore  2008    Rethinking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health

The work product of two professors of law whose writings transcend the minutiae of “litigation-only” thinking and instead focus on macro issues such as OIRA’s emphasis on conducting benefit-cost analysis of regulations.


                                                             New Entrants

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                                                   Supporting Statements


Seven Game Changers


Schmid: Origin of B/C Analysis for Regulations


                                                   Histories Compiled by CRE


Administrative Law Review

Notice and Comment

National Press

Oral Histories



                                                     OIRA Reference Library


Organizations interested in providing support for the continuance of the OIRA History Project should contact CRE.