Those that have been involved with the development and growth of OIRA recognize that it is sort of a nerdy, inside the beltway phenomenon.
This is no longer the case. Mr Israel Tucker who writes on, among other things, “Occupy, Banks, Politics, OIRA, NATO, Agenda 21, The Fed, & September 11” has written a page on OIRA.
Please see http://israeltucker.tumblr.com/oira.
The aforementioned page is reproduced below:
Citizen Media . Twitertista . @IsraelTucker
O I R A
“The OIRA was established with aim of fostering growth of social entrepeneurs, ie, individuals who develop a concept, market it, and make it grow. Similar to starting a FOR-PROFIT firm in the PRIVATE SECTOR.” -Tozzi
Cass Sunstein is the Presidential Cszar Appointee of the OIRA
CONSPIRACY THEORIES (PDF) – by cass sunstein
Cass Sunstein – Cognitive Infiltration:
Obama Information Czar Cass Sunstein Confronted on Cognitive Infiltration
“Within a year of its establishment, OIRA was the largest office in the OMB based on personnel.”
OIRA should recognize that because its power flows from the President, its regulatory powers might fluctuate over time; thus the need to support mechanisms that allow the private sector to assume a portion of its enforcement role through the use of procedural mechanisms such as Data Quality Act. ”
History of OIRA
What is the OIRA?
OIRA is the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an office within the White House Office of Management and Budget, responsible for managing the federal regulatory process. OIRA was established by Congress in the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act.
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), through its review of all agency regulations, has a major influence on the federal regulatory process.
OIRA is staffed by career civil servants responsible for economic and related analyses. Specific OIRA responsibilities include:
Reviewing draft regulations under Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review.
Reviewing proposed collections of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Developing and overseeing the implementation of Administration policies in the areas
– Statistical policy;
– Information technology;
– Privacy; and
– Data quality.
OIRA’s Role in the Federal Regulatory Process. OIRA’s role in the rulemaking process, is determined by the policies set by the President in Executive Order 12866. The Executive Order directs agencies to adhere to certain principles during the rulemakings such as consideration of alternatives, and analysis of both benefits and costs.
OMB – Office of Management & Budget
C A S S S U N S T E I N
Cass Sunstein is the Presidential Cszar Appointee of the OIRA.
Regulatory Czar Wants to use Copyright Laws to Shut Down “Rumors”
President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups. Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine” those groups.
Sunstein advises to “enlist nongovernmental officials in the effort to rebut the theories. It might ensure that credible independent experts offer the rebuttal, rather than government officials themselves. There is a tradeoff between credibility and control, however. The price of credibility is that government cannot be seen to control the independent experts.”
Sunstein argues that “government might undertake (legal) tactics for breaking up the tight cognitive clusters of extremist theories.” He suggested that “government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.”
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