Archive for October, 2013

The shutdown is a meaningless exercise, but we can learn from it

From: WashingtonPost/Opinions

By Sally Katzen

Sally Katzen served in the Office of Management and Budget as administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 1993 to 1998 and deputy director for management from 1999 to 2001. She is a senior adviser at the Podesta Group and a visiting professor at New York University School of Law.

In November 1995, as a senior policy official at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), I sat at a table with OMB Director Alice Rivlin and Deputy Director for Management John Koskinen as we prepared for an impending government shutdown.

New legislation would not help OIRA do its job, Shelanski says

From: FierceGovernment

By Ryan McDermott

he Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs doesn’t need legislation to reform the way it reviews regulations, OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski told the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law in a Sept. 30 hearing.

“We’ve got a good set of executive orders that set forward I think the right analytic principles and the right regulatory process for reviewing rules,” Shelanski told the panel.

Shelanski said legislation would lock in a “one size fits all” procedure when OIRA needs different way for dealing with different kinds of regulation.

When Nudge Comes to Shove

From: The Claremont Institute

By Brian Callanan

A review of Simpler: The Future of Government, by Cass Sunstein

“It is getting harder to run a constitution than to frame one,” wrote a young Woodrow Wilson in 1887. Impatient with the American fixation on constitutional forms, Wilson famously called for the development of a homegrown science of bureaucratic administration. The science of curbing executive power, he urged, must now give way to the science of perfecting it—of “discovering the least irritating means of governing.”