Who will be Trump’s next regs czar? Here are 4 contenders

From: E&E News

Niina Heikkinen
(Left to right) Dominic Mancini, Mark Paoletta, Rosario Palmieri and Paul Ray are all potential replacements for Neomi Rao as the head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Claudine Hellmuth/E&E News(graphic);PUCRS International/ Facebook(Mancini); Cpl. Christian Varney/Marine Corps/Wikipedia (Paoletta); Palmieri/LinkedIn; Hillsdale College (Ray)

The agency leading the Trump administration’s deregulation agenda could soon be on the search for a new administrator.

The current head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Neomi Rao, may soon be confirmed to replace Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


President Trump Launches AI Strategy For Federal Government

Editor’s Note: Also see White House Emphasizes Data Quality, Consensus Standards, OIRA Review in Regulating Artificial Intelligence.

From: Mondaq

Article by Rajesh De, Brad L. Peterson, David L. Beam, Kendall C. Burman, Alex C. Lakatos and Howard W. Waltzman | Mayer Brown

On February 11, 2019, President Trump signed an “Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence” (the “Order”) and, in doing so, set out a high-level strategy to strengthen the leadership position that the United States has maintained in AI. Important for companies, the Order sets off a number of opportunities for the private sector to give comments back to the federal government on how it can make changes that strengthen private sector AI development.


The Many Ways to Gauge Results of Trump’s Deregulatory Push

From: Government Executive

By Charles S. Clark


That view was a polar opposite from the presentation last October from the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which touted its “acceleration” of Trump’s deregulatory push launched with his January 2017 Executive Order 13771. Agencies, OIRA Administrator Neomi Rao said, had eliminated $23 billion in overall regulatory costs across the government, with 176 deregulatory actions and 14 significant actions. The ratio of repeals to new rules issued was 12-1, OIRA reported, with only 14 new major rules promulgated.


House Small Business Subcommittee Seeks Agency Adherence to Data Quality Act Transparency Requirements

From: House Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chairwoman

This subcommittee will probe the efficient operation of government programs that affect small businesses, including the SBA, and develop proposals to make them operate in a more cost-effective manner.  This subcommittee also will review the regulatory burdens imposed on small businesses and how those burdens may be alleviated.


  • Transparency of the federal rulemaking process as required by the Administrative Procedure and Data Quality Acts.
  • Implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act.

See Subcommittee Website


Federal Agencies to Establish Regulatory Guidelines for AI Development

From: GeekWire

White House initiative will boost artificial intelligence research and data-sharing


The White House is moving forward with the American AI Initiative, a set of policies aimed at focusing the full resources of the federal government on the frontiers of artificial intelligence.


As a trust-building measure, federal agencies are being asked to establish regulatory guidelines for AI development and use across different types of technology and industrial sectors. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is being given the lead role in the development of technical standards for reliable, trustworthy, secure and interoperable AI systems.


Spring 2019 Data Call for the Update of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

From: Neomi Rao, Administrator Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

This data call requests information for the compilation ofthe Spring 2019 Update of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (“Agenda”). The Agenda provides important public notice and transparency about proposed regulatory and deregulatory actions within the Executive Branch. This process highlights agency priorities, promotes planning and coordination, and encourages public participation in the regulatory process.

Submissions to the Spring Update of the Agenda are due by March 6, 2019. Agencies should be prepared to brief the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) on their regulatory reform priorities.


Cuts to Regulation Are Bringing Back Jobs

From: The Heritage Foundation

An Analysis of Trump’s Policy Proposals in State of the Union Address


Cuts to Regulation Are Bringing Back Jobs


The 50-member staff of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs who review agency rulemaking is badly outnumbered by the hundreds of thousands of regulators who labor daily crafting rules. Congress should expand the resources of the office to improve regulatory oversight, as well as assert more of its own authority over runaway regulation.

—Diane Katz, senior research fellow in regulatory policy, Institute for Economic Freedom

Read Complete Article


American Coatings Association Submits Comments to OIRA on Canada and U.S. Regulatory Cooperation

From: American Coatings Association

Last month, ACA submitted comments to the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), in response to a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on how the Federal Government can reduce unnecessary regulatory differences under the auspices of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). ACA’s comments identified three key areas for bilateral cooperation: uniform regulation of biocides; consistent hazard communication for labeling; and coordination and data sharing for chemical risk management.


With shutdown over, agency regulatory process soon to regain momentum

From: Federal News Network

By Jory Heckman


Bridget Dooling, a former deputy chief and senior policy analyst at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, now a research professor at George Washington University’s Regulatory Studies Center, said there may be some lag to proposed rules appearing in the Federal Register.

“Sometimes there’s some back-and-forth needed between the Federal Register staff and the agency staff that they’re dealing with. I wouldn’t expect on day one after the government opens that you would see everything that’s been held up published on that same day,” Dooling said in an interview Thursday. “It will take some time to get all those documents into shape for publication.”


A long shutdown hinders Trump’s deregulatory efforts

From: The Hill | Opinion


Less visible, however, is the absence of smaller and less public-facing entities such as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which employs about 450 people. Nestled in the OMB is a small office, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), where I was part of the career staff until last year. An office that inspires colorful language, OIRA has been called “obscure but powerful” and the “cockpit of the regulatory state.” It has many functions, but the one that garners most public attention is its role in reviewing draft regulations before they are issued to the public.

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