Archive for January, 2014

Regulatory Studies Center and Trachtenberg School Noshing with Notables: Alexander Hunt

From: George Washington University/Regulatory Studies Center

Start Date: 2/14/2014 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 2/14/2014 End Time: 1:30 PM

The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Trachtenberg School Career Development Services present Noshing with Notables, informal lunch talks with successful public policy experts about their careers and career paths.

The February 14 Noshing with Notables will feature Alexander Hunt, Branch Chief, Office of Information of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management & Budget, Executive Office of the President. The event will take place from 12-1:30p.m. in MPA Room 601Z. Lunch is provided and space is limited, so please register. Attendance is only open to the GW Community

Shelanski Considering Changes in Agency Rulemaking Processes in Year Ahead

From: Bloomberg/BNA

By Cheryl Bolen

Howard Shelanski, the new administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is contemplating changes in 2014 to strengthen agencies’ retrospective review of rules and to provide more transparency about the status of rules under review by OIRA.

Shelanski outlined these changes and his agenda for the coming year during a Jan. 13 interview with Bloomberg BNA at his office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, overlooking the White House.

OIRA is an agency within the Office of Management and Budget that reviews draft regulations from executive branch agencies under Executive Order 12,866. In January 2011, President Barack Obama set a new standard for regulatory review through EO 13,563.

CSS Calls for OIRA Reforms to Enable Public Protections Agenda

Editor’s Note: The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) January 8th letter to President Obama discusses a report by the¬†Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) on the White House’s centralized review of federal regulations and requests that the President “direct OIRA to address concerns about timeliness, transparency and effectiveness in the regulatory review process….” The final ACUS report, “Length of Rule Reviews by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs” provides important insight into how to accomplish CSS’s goal of speeding regulatory review:

Economists Need to Learn History

Editor’s Note: The Wall Street Journal column below discussing political polarization notes that “economists…argue that presidents of both parties have politicized the bureaucracy by appointing partisan loyalists and shifting key decisions to White House staff not subject to confirmation.”¬†Economists and other commentators need to recognize that White House review and supervision of key agency regulatory decisions goes back to the Nixon Administration and has continued, uninterrupted, since then. In short, it is misguided to blame more than forty years of bipartisan White House policy for the current political and economic climate.¬† Moreover, the implied suggestion, that the President should not interfere with the government he leads, is difficult to understand.