Allow the Wonks to Have a Say on OMB Review of Regulations

Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:55am EDT

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Allow the Wonks to Have a Say on OMB Review of Regulations

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WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The author of this press release was instrumental in the initiation of centralized regulatory review in the White House Office of Management and Budget – its origins having begun in the Johnson Administration and utilized by eight subsequent Presidential Administrations.

A plethora of press articles are coming on line in the last eight hours which cast the OMB review of regulations in a non-favorable light. I remind all our of our citizens that the office in OMB, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, consisting of less than four dozen employees out of a million plus federal employees is the only group between an unchecked regulatory bureaucracy and the taxpayers check book.

Reporters have to work off the material given to them; however it should be noted that statements which claim that OMB dictated the changes in documents recently released are in all likelihood inaccurate. These documents in all probability reflect the consensus view reached by a large number of participants involved in any interagency review process.

It is time that the American public support the activities of OIRA and ask penetrating questions of those of their elected officials and others who question the very existence of OIRA.

Please read this story which is representative of stories based upon an incomplete knowledge  of the relevant facts.

SOURCE Center for Regulatory Effectiveness

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