Archive for January, 2012
by Cass Sunstein
To promote economic growth and job creation, we need cost-justified, evidence-based regulation. Which is why, almost exactly a year ago, President Obama issued an Executive Order calling for a government-wide review of regulations to reduce costs, to eliminate unnecessary burdens, and to get rid of what the President has called “absurd and unnecessary paperwork requirements that waste time and money.” Twenty-six executive agencies produced final plans, spanning over 800 pages and offering more than 500 proposals. Sixteen independent agencies followed suit, responding to a historic request from the President to eliminate unjustified costs on their own.
by Sam Saylor
In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama emphasized government’s role in building a stronger, fairer economy. He specifically argued that regulation can “make the free market work better.”
I will not back down from making sure an oil company can contain the kind of oil spill we saw in the Gulf two years ago. I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution, or making sure that our food is safe and our water is clean. I will not go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny you coverage, or charge women differently from men.
Attached below is a letter from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Issa and the Chairman of the Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Care, Rep. Gowdy, to OIRA Administrator Sunstein. The letter asked a series of twenty-five questions regarding the Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs) for eight regulations promulgated under PPACA. The regulations were the subject of analyses by the George Mason University’s Mercatus Center which asserted that the RIAs were defficient.
Congressional Letter to OIRA: 2012-01-10_DEI_and_TG_Letter_to_OIRA_Administrator_regarding_PPACA_regs
OMB Memorandum M-12-08: Principles for Federal Engagement in Standards Activities to Address National Priorities
Attached below is a joint Memorandum from OIRA, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the United States Trade Representative on federal involvement in voluntary consensus standards activities. The document supplements the guidance in OMB Circular A-119, “Federal Participation in the Development and of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities.”
Turning Reports into Results: Leveraging the Jobs Council Roadmap to Improve Federal Regulations
Another major regulatory reform report, a Special Edition of the Administrative Law Review (ALR) featuring recommendations from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs’ former leaders and managers based on OIRA’s 30th Anniversary Symposium, provides a crucial complement to the White House report.
Reports in Washington, however, too often gather dust instead of spurring needed action.
Obama to Obama Jobs Council: I Disagree
by J.D. Foster, Ph.D.
President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness released its third report January 17 entitled “Road Map to Renewal,” a worthy description of serious issues affecting the American economy coupled with set of proposals that, with few exceptions, can best be described as pretty thin gruel.
The council—chaired by Jeffrey R. Immelt, the chairman and CEO of GE—was obviously constrained in many cases by political considerations imposed on it either by the Obama Administration or by itself as it recognized the political season.
From: Washington Post/In the Loop
Obama domestic policy chief Cecilia Munoz, formerly head of White House intergovernmental affairs, is moving from her fine southeast corner office on the second floor of the West Wing all the way over to the northeast corner office.
Unclear who gets her old job, but the early soundings are that it will likely be someone already in the administration, since that, all things considered, would make for a smoother transition.
Richard L. Revesz and Michael A. Livermore*
Imagine you’re the CEO of a major national corporation with two million employees and 312 million customers. Now imagine having no consistent plan to revisit past decisions to determine what worked and what didn’t.
That’s how our government behaved until a year ago when President Obama put new rules in place to require review of past regulations — a process with the potential to make the government smarter. Businesses should be pleased since, in practice, this process has mostly meant the snipping away of red tape.
Editor’s Note: I had the good fortune of working with Roy Ash–one of the most capable public servants I ever met.
From: New York Times
By DOUGLAS MARTIN
Roy L. Ash, who used tough-minded analytic acumen to build a multibillion-dollar conglomerate, Litton Industries, and to become a force in the Nixon White House, where he headed the creation of agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, died on Dec. 14 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93.
The cause was Parkinson’s disease, said his wife, Lila, who confirmed the death on Thursday. It was not announced at the time.
Editor’s Note: A recording of the broadcast interview may be found here.
From: FederalNewsRadio.com 1500AM
Almost a year ago, President Obama signed an executive order telling agencies to write their regulations in plain English, so members of the public could participate in the regulatory process. The administration is now requiring that agencies put the bottom line up front when they publish complicated rules, in the form of an easy-to-understand executive summary. The guidance comes in one of two new memos just distributed by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.