A Syllabus on OIRA, by Jim Tozzi

From: Notice & Comments | A Blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice

In any incoming Administration there are two unique appointments which could have a significant impact on the ultimate success or failure of an Administration, the Director of OMB and the leader of one of its component offices—the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OIRA. The former helps develop and enforce Presidential policies using the annual budget as its medium of expression and the latter is the President’s regulatory pilot who operates from the cockpit of the regulatory state (OIRA); both positions are confirmed by the Senate.

A Historical Note on Centralized Regulatory Review for the Trump Administration: Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from OIRA Watch.

Decisions made in each of the aforementioned Administrations were a defining moment which shaped the breadth and depth of centralized regulatory review by the White House Office  of Management and Budget, the most significant institutional feature of the regulatory state.

Academicians are basically of two schools of thought, one believing that Presidential involvement in the regulatory process should be limited to oversight of the process but not control of the process and the other believing the President should  exercise both functions.

Unraveling Obama-Era Regulations on Day One with the Congressional Review Act

From: Notice & Comment | A Blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice

by Josh Blackman

Over the past two weeks, I have been asked more times than I can count how the Trump Administration can unravel the Obama Administration’s policies. My answer usually falls into one of three categories.

Oversight of the US executive: The Congressional experience and its lessons for the EU

From: European Parliamentary Research Service | In-Depth Analysis

Author: Cornelia Klugman

This analysis presents the results of original research done on the US’s system of oversight. It is based in particular on a series of 44 interviews with policy practitioners, including members of Congress, assistants to members of both houses of Congress, as well as persons working in the Congressional support agencies, the US Administration, think-tanks and academia.


Analyzing the Effectiveness of State Regulatory Review

Editor’s Note: An online publication edition of the complete study is available here.

From: Public Finance Review July 2016 vol. 44 no. 4 446-477

  1. Russell S. Sobel1
  2. John A. Dove2
  1. 1School of Business Administration, The Citadel, Charleston, SC, USA
  2. 2Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Troy University, Troy, AL, USA

A (Long) Path to Reforming Our Administrative State

From: Library of Law & Liberty

by Adam White

Coherence in the Executive

Brian Mannix counsels wisely that the modern executive requires not just “energy” (per Hamilton) but also “coherence”—to wit, “an administrative consistency, not just across time and place, but also across hundreds of regulatory programs busily pursuing inconsistent aims.” I could not possible agree more; indeed, that was one of the reasons why my first essay argues in favor of bulking up the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and subjecting “independent agencies” to OIRA review. OIRA ensures not just that an agency’s rules pass cost-benefit muster, but also that an agency’s rules are scrutinized by (and responsive to) the concerns of other agencies. If an administration is to have coherence, then OIRA will be indispensable.