One Cabinet Post Trump Needs To Get Right

Editor’s Note: Within OMB is the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the cockpit of the regulatory state. See, OIRA Options for the Trump Administration here.

From: Daily Caller | Opinion

Andrew F. Quinlan

Media and political pundits are understandably focused on battles over who President-elect Trump will appoint to serve in high-profile Cabinet positions such as Secretary of State. Yet one of the most critical appointments he will have to make will be his selection to head the less glamorous Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

If Trump wants to dismantle Obama’s EPA rules, here are all the obstacles he’ll face

Editor’s Note: See, OIRA Options for the Trump Administration.

From: Vox


Jody Freeman

OIRA is the location in the White House where they oversee agency rulemaking. This office oversees the methodology that agencies use to count up costs and benefits for new rules. That can be changed with the stroke of a pen. And it sounds weedy, but it’s the kind of thing that can make it harder to issue new regulations.


New U.S. Research Policy Board would aim to slash regulatory paperwork

From: Science

By Jeffrey Mervis


The academies’ committee, chaired by University of Texas in Austin President Emeritus Larry Faulkner, had the ear of an influential legislator, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who requested the study. And Alexander made sure its report wasn’t buried. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Alexander was also a key negotiator in hammering out agreements between the Senate and the House of Representatives on the Cures bill unveiled last Friday. And he inserted a five-page section of his own bill creating the research board into the broader legislation.