Archive for December, 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.
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).
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
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