Nov
17

Pay Survey’s Rollback Draws Fire Against White House

From: Court House News

WASHINGTON (CN) — Fighting to keep employers from withholding vital data, two groups say in a federal complaint that recent interference by the Trump administration hurts their ability to close race and gender pay gaps.

The National Women’s Law Center and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement brought their Nov. 15 complaint in Washington less than three months after an abrupt policy reversal by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a subsidiary of the Office of Management and Budget.

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Nov
16

OMB & OIRA Sued for Rejecting an Information Collection Request

Editor’s Note: The complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement is available here.

From: The National Law Journal

Trump Administration Unlawfully Blocked Pay Data Rule, New Suit Alleges

Nov
13

Joint Statement Between the Office of Management and Budget of the United States of America and the Ministry of Finance of the State of Israel

From: Ministry of Finance (Israel)

Recognizing the economic significance of lowering regulatory costs and excessive bureaucracy emphasized by the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the State of Israel;

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The Office of Management and Budget of the United States of America and the Ministry of Finance of the State of Israel (together, the “Participants”) have decided to establish a Joint Task Force on Good Regulatory Practices, under the auspices of the Joint Economic Development Group, an annual strategic interagency policy dialogue, co-chaired by the Departments of State and Treasury of the United States and the Ministry of Finance of the State of Israel to address bilateral economic issues.

Nov
06

EPA’s new science advisers add more industry experts, conservatives to the mix

From: The Washington Post

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John D. Graham, who worked to raise the bar for new federal regulations while heading the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under George W. Bush, said in an email he was “honored” to be tapped by Pruitt to serve on the Science Advisory Board “as EPA is an accomplished agency.”

“I join SAB with no predispositions as to what our priorities will be,” said Graham, who now serves as dean of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. “I will look for guidance from the agency and veteran members of SAB.”

Oct
30

Distrust of Obama Administration Behind Drive to Deregulate

From: Bloomberg/BNA

By Cheryl Bolen

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Public comments made by current and former administrators of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an agency within the Office of Management and Budget that reviews all significant federal regulations, reveal their suspicions.

Agencies know that OMB leaders are laser-focused on costs, and that is going to lead to a reduction in the number and scope of rules emerging from agencies, said Howard Shelanski, former OIRA administrator during the Obama administration.

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Oct
17

The United States is going back to space!

From:

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Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mike Mulvaney, responded, “Noone understands this, which we kind of like, but we have the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. We touch every reg and de-reg effort within the government … If you folks could be specific to which regulations are impeding innovation and impeding investment, specifically identifying changes in laws, keep in mind there are some things we can do as an administration without Congress.”

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Oct
16

New Regulatory Task Forces Meet Same Old Obstacles

From: Bloomberg/BNA

By Cheryl Bolen

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Information to Come

Regulatory reform officers and task forces in every agency are working on systematic efforts to evaluate and reduce regulatory burdens, Rao said, mentioning a new present-value calculator as one tool.

According to a guidance document issued in April, agencies are required to calculate the “present value” of regulatory actions and cost savings, and OIRA is working to assist agencies in their accounting, a spokesman said.

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Oct
13

Analytic tools crucial in improving regulatory practices: US adviser

From: The Korea Herald

By Julie Kim Jackson

Amid Korea’s continued strive for increased transparency and regulatory business reforms, the Fair Player Club and US Embassy Seoul hosted a joint seminar on better regulatory compliance in Seoul on Thursday.

The seminar invited keynote speaker Aaron Szabo, senior adviser for International Regulatory Cooperation of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in Washington, who shared the US’ approach for establishing analytic tools for regulatory design and review.

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Oct
04

Where Trump’s Regulatory Rollback Is Having Impact

From: Reuters via Insurance Journal

Julia Harte

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List to be Published

The full scope of the effects of the two-for-one requirement will begin to emerge in late November, when the White House is expected to publish a list of regulations and deregulatory actions each agency has taken under the rule.

A Reuters examination of rules published in the Federal Register, a U.S. government journal, shows that so far in 2017, agencies have proposed or finalized 25 deregulatory measures under the two-for-one requirement – a broad easing of rules that will affect workers from miners and farmers to pilots and crane operators.

Sep
29

Trump begins to alter American life

From: Reuters

Beyond the daily drama and Twitter battles, Trump begins to alter American life

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