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 this 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.

OIRA Requests Comments on its Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of President Trump’s Executive Order on Regulation

OIRA’s Memorandum, “Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017, Titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” is attached here. The Memorandum emphasizes OIRA’s role as cockpit of the regulatory state and makes clear that OIRA is the President’s regulatory watchdog.

The Memorandum builds on OIRA’s established watchdog role and explains that Executive Order 12866 and OMB Circular A-4 remain applicable.

Below is an excerpt from the Memorandum which highlight’s OIRA’s watchdog role,

President Initiates a Regulatory Budget; CRA is Alive and Environmental Groups to Utilize the Data Quality Act to Prevent Changes in the EPA Data Base for Climate Change

Editor’s Alert:

The Reuter news organization disclosed environmental groups plan to utilize the Information Quality Act to prevent the Trump Administration from posting inaccurate information on climate change.

A number of news organizations picked up this story.

Daily Caller                                               Yahoo News

Western City Tribune




Center for Regulatory Effectiveness

CRE believes this story has legs whether or not it is promoted in the social media. For those who believe that plaintiffs can not seek judicial review under the DQA, it should be noted that environmental groups who challenge any decision to deny their petition for correction under the DQA may find a sympathetic ear in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals who in the Prime Time decision opined that the DQA was binding on agencies.

Trump to order regulatory rollback Friday for finance industry starting with Dodd-Frank

Editor’s Note: The Executive Order, Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System, is attached here.

From: The Washington Post

President Trump plans to order a rollback Friday of regulations governing the financial services industry and Wall Street under the Dodd-Frank law and beyond, a White House source confirmed.


National Affairs Emphasis on OIRA’s Management of the Regulatory State

National Affairs is a nationally recognized journal specializing in public policy issues. National Affairs, in conjunction with the Hoover Institution, held  a seminar on its seminal publication titled Policy Reforms for an Accountable Administrative State which was authored by leading experts in the field, Adam White, Oren Cass and Kevin Kosar.

The publication is a must read document for members of the  incoming Administration. CRE applauds the authors for their focusing on OIRA, the cockpit of the regulatory state. A number of informed studies have identified needed procedural and substantive improvements in the regulatory state but few recognize that no such improvements will occur unless there is a manager in place capable of implementing them.

Building A Nationwide Constituency for OIRA

As of December 31, 2016

Here are the results of a multiyear program to educate our citizenry of the important role played by the Office of Information and  Regulatory Affairs, OIRA, in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

A Synopsis

Progress on the Web 

Progress at Universities

The Repository

Lack of Stakeholder Support for OIRA


Restructuring of Centralized Regulatory Review?

Centralized regulatory review has been in operation for some forty five years, beginning with the implementation of the Nixon Quality of  Life Review.  If a decision were made to modify the existing process some of the reasons for such an action are  contained in this post.

A successful restructuring of centralized regulatory review will probably be dependent upon  the presence of policy entrepreneurs in the Executive Office of the President who among other things  develop a nationwide constituency for centralized regulatory review, if not for OIRA, see this post.

Historical Materials: Rules Not Submitted to the GAO and Congress under the Congressional Review Act

This article in the Wall Street Journal WSJ CRA has resulted in a number of inquiries regarding whether or not the CRA can be used to rescind rules whose promulgation were not properly reported to the Congress.

CRE utilized this mechanism some six years ago.

Relevant Background Materials:

CRS Report

Violation of CRA Introduced Into Litigation (II.B)

Are Denials for Review Under the Data Quality Act Subject to the CRA?

The utilization of the CRA to rescind or revise existing rules is an issue that is not going to fade into the sunset.

Trump nominee to head OMB could create hurdles for CFPB regulations

From: Ballard Spahr

It has been reported that President-elect Donald Trump has nominated South Carolina Republican Congressman Mick Mulvaney to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Mr. Mulvaney has been described as a “staunch deficit hawk” and his nomination is viewed as sending a signal that federal regulations are likely to face tough scrutiny in a Trump administration.

House conservatives want Trump to undo regulations on climate, FDA, Uber

Editor’s Note: For practical guidance on how the Trump Administration can achieve its deregulatory intentions, see here.

From: The Washington Post

By David Weigel

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the incoming chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, used a meeting with Donald Trump to deliver a list of 232 regulations that the incoming president could repeal immediately. “We felt like it was important to put together a real working document,” Meadows told CNN.

The list, shared by Meadows’s office, includes President George W. Bush’s order restricting access to executive branch papers and Federal Aviation Administration regulations that limit overland supersonic flights. The rationale for repealing that last regulation, in its entirety: “Make Sonic Boom Again.”