The primary objective of this forum is to build a national constituency for OIRA, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, in the White House Office of Management and Budget. OIRA is the cockpit of the regulatory state and it is constantly maligned by those stakeholders who are on the other side of one of its decisions. Lack of support has lead to a fifty-percent reduction in its staff level since its establishment in 1981.
This Forum is managed by the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE), a regulatory watchdog founded and managed by former regulatory officials of the regulatory review office (OIRA) of the White House Office of Management and Budget. CRE manages a number of websites dedicated to increasing the transparency of the regulatory process, including TheOMB.US, a website focused on OMB’s role in centralized regulatory review beginning with the Johnson Administration and updated constantly to reflect the actions of the current Administration.
CRE personnel through years of government service have made notable contributions to the formation and operation of OIRA. In order that OIRA remain a viable and effective institution it must have access to timely information as it discharges its role of “regulating the regulators”.
It is for this reason that CRE has developed this Forum which is an Interactive Public Docket (IPD) which allows the public and stakeholders to communicate with OIRA on a 24/7 basis. OIRA Watch will also work to have OIRA begin to use more fully its existing regulatory review authorities over the independent agencies.
OIRA Watch is highly interactive; our technology allows stakeholders to comment on any article or post their own article in any of the forums on the right hand side of the homepage; no registration is required. Posts may be anonymous and lengthy documents can accompany any post. Posts are time delayed, meaning they only go live after they are monitored to ensure the absence of profanity and no personal attacks on civil servants.
CRE is interested in receiving substantive comments—not one line statements of approval or disapproval.