Editor’s Note: For more information on OIRA participation in agency rulemaking, please see Proper and Desirable Intervention by the President in Agency Rulemaking.
By Ari Natter
The White House Office of Management and Budget takes more than five months on average to review regulations crafted by the Energy Department, making the department’s rules the most delayed of all federal agencies, according to a Bloomberg BNA analysis of agency data.
Since the administration of President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, Energy Department rules have spent an average of 154 days at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the OMB division charged with ensuring agency rules are consistent with White House policy among other duties.
Energy Department rules deemed “economically significant”—those that are expected to have an annual impact on the economy of $100 million or more—are reviewed for 176 days, or nearly six months, on average, according to the Bloomberg BNA analysis.