Search Results Archives: February 2012

February 27, 2012

CFTC member requests review of Dodd-Frank derivatives rule


A member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requested last Thursday that the Office of Management and Budget review Dodd-Frank derivatives rules, saying that the rules have not undergone sufficient analysis.

Scott O’Malia, one of two Republican members of the CFTC’s five member board, wrote a letter to the OMB’s acting director saying that the CFTC has not been able to conduct a full, proper cost-benefit analysis of the proposed rules and their alternatives.

“The [CFTC] has failed to carefully and precisely identify a clear baseline against which the commission measured costs and benefits and the range of alternatives under consideration,” O’Malia wrote in the Feb. 24 letter, Bloomberg reports.

February 24, 2012

ACUS Considers Changes to the PRA

The issue of whether Information Collection Requests (ICRs) should continue to be subject to two public comment periods under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) is being deliberated by the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). The appropriate number of ICR comment opportunities has been a subject of debate for a number of years and ACUS should be applauded for addressing this matter in an analytical fashion.

House Members Predict ‘Devastating Impact’ On Jobs, Economy From Power Plant Rule

From: Daily Environment Report™

By Andrew Childers

A pending Environmental Protection Agency rule to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants could have a “devastating impact” on job growth and the economy, more than 200 members of the House said in a Feb. 23 letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The letter to Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, said EPA’s pending new source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could require new generating units to use costly control technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

February 10, 2012

‘Chemicals Of Concern’ List Stuck At OMB

Editor’s Note:  The story states that industry had more meetinsg with OIRA on the issue than NGOs and Congressional staff but does not suggest that anyone who sought a meeting with OMB was turned down.  If some organizations choose not to meet with OIRA on issues of interest, that does not and should not impose any restrictions on OIRA meeting with other parties interested in discussions.

By Chris Hamby and Jim Morris
iWatch News | News Report
From The Center for Public Integrity

About 21 months ago, a proposed list of widely used chemicals that may pose health risks landed at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for review.

February 8, 2012

FDA’s Medical Device Tracking Plan Remains Stalled at OMB

Editor’s Note:  The article fails to explain the role of OMB review of regulations in providing oversight of the Executive Branch’s regulatory program, a review power exercised in eight consecutive Administrations.

From: iHealthBeat

An FDA proposal to create a medical device identification system has been stalled since it was sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review in July 2011, prompting criticisms of inaction from patient advocates, Politico reports.


There is no uniform labeling system for medical devices, making it difficult to track down problematic equipment used by hospitals and patients.

February 7, 2012

Senators press White House to intervene in ‘fracking’ fight

Editor’s Note:  The bipartisan letter to OIRA Administrator Sunstein may be found here.

From: The Hill

By Ben Geman

A pair of senators is urging the White House Office of Management and Budget not to let the Environmental Protection Agency sully the reputation of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the controversial natural-gas drilling method.

Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are asking OMB’s regulatory chief to ensure that EPA “reaches sound and well-supported scientific conclusions” when finalizing an explosive draft report that linked fracking to groundwater contamination in a Wyoming region.

February 6, 2012

Bakers opposed to added sugars declaration


by Eric Schroeder

WASHINGTON — The American Bakers Association, in a letter to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Food and Drug Administration, voiced its opposition to planned research that would gauge consumers’ responses to Nutrition Facts labels with various declarations of added sugars.

In its Jan. 30 letter, the A.B.A. said it strongly believes that the F.D.A. should only conduct consumer research experiments around nutrition labeling for those nutrition labeling declarations that the F.D.A. has the authority to require or permit.

February 2, 2012

The Growing Backlash Over CEO ‘Pay Ratios’

Editor’s Note:  A letter from a broad-based industry coalition to the SEC on the rulemaking is attached below.

From: CFO World

Controversy over this Dodd-Frank element rises, as business groups as the SEC to “expand public outreach.”

by Karen M. Kroll

Several dozen business groups, including the American Insurance Association, Business Roundtable, National Investor Relations Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently wrote Mary Schapiro, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, regarding Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act. This section requires publicly held companies to disclose in their filings the annual total compensation of their CEO, as well as the ratio of his or her pay to the median compensation of the rest of the organization’s employees.

February 1, 2012

New Silica Rules Languish In Regulatory Black Hole

Editor’s Note:  In that the proposed rule would have a significant economic impact on jobs and economic growth for an indefinitely long time, it is reasonable and responsible for OIRA to carefully scruitinize the rules prior to their promulgation.

From: NPR

by Nell Greenfieldboyce

Any job that involves breaking up rock or concrete or brick can potentially expose workers to dangerous silica dust, and last year it looked like the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration was about to put stricter controls in place to limit this health hazard.