Archive for December, 2011

Top 10 Worst Federal Rules of 2011

From: Heritage Foundation

James Gattuso and Diane Katz

Hindsight is supposed to be 20/20, but looking back on the past 12 months, it’s tough to see any sense in many of the Administration’s regulatory missteps. Of course, there are bound to be a few howlers when government churns out more than 3,500 rules in a year, including dozens unleashed by Obamacare, Dodd–Frank, and the perpetually errant Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But by any standard, 2011 brought forth a remarkable number and variety of regulatory blunders.

Questionable Conclusions About Bias at White House Regulatory Review Office


Huffingtion Post

The office in the White House that considers the costs and benefits of new regulations is being accused of bias in a recent report report by the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR). Concerned that the Obama administration is using its political compass to reduce public protections, the report lays blame at the feet of the somewhat obscure but extremely important Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

Focus on OIRA: A Repository

Editor’s Note:  This page will contain a repository of the articles from the home  page  on  Focus on OIRA.

The Valley Advocate Reports:


…American businesses have their very own captive counterregulatory agency within the executive branch, an office conceived to reduce paperwork that Reagan hijacked into an exceedingly business-friendly outfit bearing the deceptively wan name of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Under George W. Bush, OIRA became a veritable clearinghouse for obliging end-runs around federal regulations. All a petitioning business would have to do in the vast majority of cases was assert that a regulation would produce an adverse economic effect, and presto: the offending rule would be waived

OIRA Watch on Pending Regulatory Reform Legislation

 Some two dozen legislative proposals to improve the regulatory process are under consideration by the Congress. Nonetheless  the immediate relief needed for job creation can come though OIRA. Accordingly  we have launched  an interactive public docket (IPD), OIRA Watch,  aimed at demonstrating the need for OIRA to act on particular issues  of national interest.
The impact of any “Watch” site is heavily dependant  upon the credibility of its sponsor;  please view CRE’s credentials, giving particular attention to  the information contained in this link.

United States: Who Makes Agency Decisions?

Would appreciate CRE’s views on this author’s article

CPR Report on OIRA’s Meetings Ignores Their Context

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Stuart Shapiro
Reg Blog

Stuart Shapiro.jpgThe Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) recently issued a report fiercely criticizing the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under the Obama Administration.  Among other things, the report claims that OIRA: