US News and World Reports Ranking of Law Schools

The ranking accorded to a school of law by US News is  one barometer of its capabilities. Historically, however, US News has not given explicit weight to the benefits accruing to law students who participate in  multidisciplinary programs taught  in other colleges at  the same university.

CRE has recommended to US News that for those law schools which offer  a joint program with a school of public affairs or related discipline  that the said  rankings for both  the  law school and the school of public affairs should be enhanced accordingly.

See US News Transmittal

Historic OIRA Directive: Agencies, Use Domestic Regulatory Relief to Gain International Regulatory Relief

American regulations hobble American companies. Foreign regulations do the same thing. This is nothing new. Over thirty years ago, a senior OIRA official informed the President’s Regulatory Relief Task Force that

Many foreign governments are issuing a significant number of wide ranging regulations which result in unjustified expenditures on U.S. firms. Consequently the best of U.S, regulatory relief programs will not, by themselves, solve the problems created by foreign regulations. The regulations of foreign government often interfere with U.S, exports and the operation of multinational corporations by setting unreasonable product standards, limiting U.S. investment, requiring the use of local labor and materials and requiring that U.S. firms “offset” their sales by agreeing to export products produced by the foreign government.

Oral Histories of OIRA

OIRA and its predecessor organizations have a rich history spanning a time period of nearly five decades.

Noted scholars of the administrative state have concluded that not only is OIRA the cockpit of the regulatory state but it is the most significant institutional feature of the regulatory state.

For the above reasons scholars of the administrative state are in a continued search for background information which describes the creation and operation of OIRA. A repository of significant information can be developed through oral histories presented by individuals who were present at the creation of centralized review and eventually OIRA. Here is a list of some of the  histories compiled at this time; see  Oral Histories OIRA

OIRA’s Presidential Mandate to Implement a Regulatory Budget

After thirty seven years of analysis and debate the United States government is going to implement a regulatory budget as a result of a Presidential Executive Order [Sec. 3(d)] which will control the size of the regulatory state. OIRA, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget, has been assigned the aforementioned task.

An issue of immediate concern is that OIRA is in need of additional staff but the probability of receiving additional staff is questionable as a result of personnel ceilings on the Executive Office of the President as well a recent personnel freeze.

Landmark Press Article on The Trump Regulatory Budget Executive Order


Leading Actions to Revise Law School Curricula

James Brudney

Dan Farber

Abbe Gluck

Kristen Hickman

Bill Jordan

Linda Jellum

Ed Richards

Jim Tozzi

Chris Walker

Philip Weiser

Adam White

Two CRE Links Which Capture the Essence of OIRA

The Highly Influential Links on the First Page of a Google Search

Google is the most popular of search engines. In that most visitors to Google seldom go past the first several pages of a search the placement of a post on its first page is priceless.

Google searches are used repeatedly by the public, regulators, the press, Congressional staff, academicians,  stakeholders as well as State and Local Government officials.

If one places the term “OIRA” into Google some one million posts are competing for placement as one of the items on the first page of the search.

A Letter from a Concerned Citizen Re: Kratom

Editor’s Note:  Informed comments from concerned citizens have an impact on regulators.

 From:  James

I am an excellent teacher with a master’s degree in education, two beautiful sons, a loving wife, a great house in suburbia. I never miss a day of work because my students need me and I love my job.

CFPB Regulations Subject to OMB Review? Why Not?

Representative Hensarling  sent a letter to OMB regarding its jurisdiction over CFPB rulemaking as a result of the recent Circuit Court ruling on the same; see( hensarling-cordray )

Well, the American Bankers Association has a different view.

CRE has been a long time advocate of bringing the independent agencies rulemaking under the jurisdiction of OMB.

Obviously the final call will be made by the incoming Administration who could  be in sync with the American Bankers Association.



The 340(b) Program: A Profit Center for Pharmacies and Hospitals

In 2003  the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE) issued a report on the  340(b) program in which it stated:

Drug diversion, and the intertwined crimes of adulteration and counterfeiting, is a widely recognized threat to public health. Drug diversion occurs when prescription pharmaceuticals do not follow the proper distribution chain from manufacturer to patient.

OPA has not established regulations requiring 340B entities to report on their transactions or otherwise demonstrate that all of the specially-discounted medications were used only on patients allowed by the law despite concerns expressed to the agency that failure to institute such requirements could lead to drug diversion.