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Name: Jim Tozzi
Date registered: December 21, 2011

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  1. Promotion of OIRA Teaching Modules — August 4, 2015
  2. Templates for the OIRA Teaching Module — August 1, 2015
  3. Professor Radin on OIRA. — July 25, 2015
  4. Republicans fret ‘midnight regulations’ from Obama — July 20, 2015
  5. Why the Disdain of Centralized Regulatory Review by Academicians? — July 17, 2015

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Promotion of OIRA Teaching Modules

The OIRA Commons


Table of Contents


Announcement of Student Writing Contest

Questions and Reference Documents for Student Submissions

CRE’s Unique Involvement in the Evolution of  Centralized Regulatory Review

Restoring OIRA’s  Entrepreneurial Roots

Mission Statement to CRS and GAO

Focus on OIRAOIRA in the News OIRA WatchRegulatory Action of the Week

What is OIRA?

OIRA: The Cockpit of the Regulatory State


Templates for the OIRA Teaching Module

OIRA Teaching Modules include:

Louisiana State University LSU Module 4 Ed Richards

American University American University Module Jeff Lubbers

Also included is a Non-regulatory Multi-Modular Template

Others may submit OIRA related modules for inclusion on this page by utilizing the comment section below, using the posting mechanism in the right hand side of this page or in the alternative sending material to CRE who will post it.


Professor Radin on OIRA.

Professor Radin has just published an informative article on OIRA.


This article focuses on one expression of the relationship between science and policy analysis: the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget. It has used a classic policy analysis technique—cost–benefit analysis—as the way that the White House will review regulations. This discussion highlights the utilization of the cost–benefit method in the OIRA decision-making process, the roles of various actors in the system, and the response to that use by various policy actors. It illustrates the difficulty of utilizing rational analytical methods in an environment of political conflict.


Republicans fret ‘midnight regulations’ from Obama

Editor’s Note: The Obama Administration’s January 20, 2009 Memo by the Chief of Staff on (Midnight Regulations) is available here and the follow-up January 21, 2009 Memo from the Director of OMB implementing the Chief of Staff’s Memo is available here, both courtesy of TheOMB.US. A report prepared by a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, “Midnight Rules: A Reform Agenda” is available here.

From: The Hill

By Tim Devaney

Republicans are sounding the alarm about a deluge of  “midnight regulations” that could be pushed through agency pipelines the waning days of the Obama administration.


Why the Disdain of Centralized Regulatory Review by Academicians?

The concept—but not the execution—of centralized regulatory review is the product of an academician; why nearly five decades after its birth are legal academicians still flailing over its execution?

One line of thought is that many academicians believe centralized regulatory review, which allows for the review of an agency regulation by officials in the Executive Office of the President, is a dangerous usurpation of the authority vested in federal agencies which are creatures of the Congress. Another line of thought could be traced to a statement made by a recognized attorney who practiced before federal agencies and who once remarked to a meeting of leading law professors: “Either you are not teaching administrative law or I am not practicing it because nothing you teach resembles what I practice.”


An Elephant Without Legs: GOP subpoenas Obama regulatory officials on water rule

Editor’s Note: It is a well established principle that documents sent to OIRA are part of the deliberative process and therefore need not be released to the Congress. Administration’s of both parties have made this point repeatedly and it has withstood judicial review.

From: The Hill

Timothy Cama

House Republicans moved Tuesday to force the Obama administration to disclose certain documents related to the development of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) major water jurisdiction rule.

The House Oversight Committee sent a subpoena on the rule to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which is responsible for reviewing all major federal regulations before they are issued.


University of California Dissertation on OIRA Support of the Presidency

Ms. Janna Rezaee has written a dissertation on OIRA which differs remarkably from many  of the previous articles on the institution. More specifically a number of the studies to date emphasize  OIRA’s role as  policing the rulemaking process for ineffective rules. In this instance, however, the author focuses on OIRA’s role as supporting (“subsidizing”) the policies of the Presidency.

A major conclusion is:


OMB Pushes Interagency Collaboration to Modernize Statistics

From: Government Executive

By Charles S. Clark

Agencies should get together to more efficiently update the government’s array of statistics, the chief of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs said on Wednesday.

In a memo to agency heads, OIRA administrator Howard Shelanski said he “strongly encourages” agencies to use such tools as the Economy Act and the General Services Administration’s category management program to improve the quality of federal statistics.

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Sunstein: Justice Scalia is right about cost-benefit analysis

Editor’s Note: For information on the origins of OMB review of independent agency regulatory actions, see the 1987 National Journal article here.

From: The Salt Lake Tribune

By Cass Sunstein Bloomberg View

Last week’s Supreme Court decision striking down a federal regulation on mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants is a temporary setback for those who seek to reduce air pollution. At the same time, however, it should be welcomed as a ringing endorsement of cost- benefit analysis by government agencies. It’s a kind of rifle shot, with potentially major effects on a host of future regulations that have nothing to do with the environment. (Disclosure: As administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012, I worked on the regulation that the court invalidated.)


OMB: Climate Change Now Part of Building Budget Requests

Editor’s Note: Information on OIRA’s estimate of the Social Cost of Carbon is available here. A cost-effective climate change policy option is available here.

From: GlobeSt.com

By Erika Morphy

WASHINGTON, DC—Shortly before Washington DC officialdom departed for the July 4th weekend, the Office of Management and Budget announced it would be requiring federal agencies to consider the effects of climate change on the construction and maintenance budgets for federal facilities in fiscal year 2017.

It is a first for the agency.

The news was released in a blog post by Ali Zaidi, OMB’s associate director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science.

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