History of OIRA


OIRA, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, housed in the White House Office of Management and Budget, is the office which “regulates the regulators”,  a function commonly called centralized regulatory review.

Heretofore this office has been relatively unknown outside of Washington, DC; even in DC it is a somewhat obscure office.

Mistakenly ORIA is often taken as the  product of the Reagan Administration when in fact it is was created by the Carter Administration.

More importantly OIRA-like organizations have existed since the time of the Lyndon Johnson Administration.

Now after more than four decades of existence the origins of OIRA have been disclosed to the public in a special edition of the Administrative Law Review published by the American Bar Association in conjunction with the Washington School of Law at American University.

Please see the attachment below.

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