Archive for July, 2013

Department of Education: Excellence in Data Collection Leadership

Editor’s Note:  The following quote from a new GAO report demonstrates the Department of Education’s government-wide leadership in ensuring compliance with an essential Good Government law.  The complete GAO report is available here.

OMB officials told us they were not involved in Education’s inventory initiative, but said they considered the creation of a data collection inventory to be a best practice for federal agencies. OMB officials added that they were not aware of similarly comprehensive inventories at any other agencies, noting that Education was a leader in this practice.

From: InformationWeek Government

Howard Shelanski sworn in as new regulations chief

From: UPI

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) — Howard Shelanski was sworn in Wednesday as administrator of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Shelanski is in charge of reviewing most of the new rules from federal governmental agencies before they are proposed or issued.

Shelanski’s first task will be dealing with 140 rules and proposals now being reviewed by the office, including ones held up there for years, The Hill reported.

Shelanski said he would try to reduce the delays on new regulations and to make the regulation-making process more transparent, adding that public involvement and oversight is “critically important,” the Washington publication said.