Management of the Administrative State

An Open Invitation to Explore the Mandates Which Govern the Management of the Administrative State.

Fortunately the Journal for Benefit-Cost Analysis held a forum where a unique group of leading authorities expressed their precedent setting comments on a recommended plan for moving forward on improving the management of the administrative state. The resultant comments establish the foundation for a deliberative discussion on the future managerial mandates for OIRA (Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs- Executive Office of the President of the United States) and the resultant management of the administrative state.

802 Editions of the CRE Website Between October 2, 1999 and May 12, 2019

Fortunately the  Internet Archive Wayback Machine chose to store the content of the CRE website since its inception in 1999. Readers interested in the evolution of centralized regulatory review have a first hand seat at its historical event by scanning the pages dedicated to the preservation of the CRE website.

In particular consider the first entry on the October 2, 1999 edition of Internet Archive located on this  page  and routed to here which states:

DATA ACCESS
CRE comments to OMB on its August 11, 1999 reproposal 
CRE submits comments on OMB’s proposed revisions to Circular A-110, in response to the Federal Register notice of August 11, 1999. READ ITEM

The Resurrection of the Congressional Review Act

Heretofore the Congressional Review Act (CRA) was a sleepy statute that was awakened periodically with the departure of an incumbent Administration to invalidate midnight regulations. Recent actions taken by two federal agencies acting independently of each other have converted the CRA into a 24/7 oversight mechanism.

First, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and has issued a directive to federal agencies requiring that all guidance documents be submitted to OMB before they are promulgated.

The Long Shadow of Grass Root Advocacy

Sometimes the smell of  burning of shoe letter, assisted by the use of social media, is more potent than peer reviewed science, principled economics and established law, see this post,

Two of the Most Contentious Rulemakings in Recent History

Apart from the establishment of centralized regulatory review in OMB, a regulatory initiative with a near twenty year incubation period followed by several nationwide initiatives resulting in the unfettered and widespread use of medical marijuana and related substances, there are two rulemakings which rank among of the most contentious in recent history.

The first rulemaking includes actions associated with addressing climate change.  A key obstacle to addressing climate change is the compliance cost associated with the resultant program. In particular it is very difficult to convince one nation to employ a climate change program if other nations who are often its international competitors do not make a similar commitment.  Just recently the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness has expressed its views on this matter, see this editorial in Inside EPA