Archive for June, 2016

Out, out red tape: Congress weighs bills to reduce regulatory burden on academic science

From: Science

By Jeffrey Mervis


Alexander’s board would have outside members, and it would have the ability to form panels to carry out studies. But unlike the academy’s recommendation it would serve an advisory role with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Given the committee’s jurisdiction, however, the bill would only affect researchers funded by NIH and other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Regulatory Information Service Center & OIRA Consolidated Information System (ROCIS): HOW TO Guide for Agency Users of the Information Collection Request (ICR) Module

Editor’s Note: The complete ROCIS HOW TO Guide for Agency Users of the Information Collection Request (ICR) Module (June 9, 2016) is attached here (pdf).  Below is a noteworthy excerpt.

From: GSA/Regulatory Information Service Center

Appendix A:  Disaggregating Information Collection Requests (ICRs) into Information Collections (ICs): Questions and Answers


  1. Why is OMB requiring that information collection requests (ICRs) be divided into information collections (ICs)?

Revisiting the Appropriate Use of Agency Regulatory Guidance

From: US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs

Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management

June 09, 2016 11:15AM


This hearing will build on the Subcommittee’s previous guidance hearing held September 23, 2015, titled “Examining the Use of Agency Regulatory Guidance.”  Topics for the hearing may include a discussion on lingering concerns and developments arising from specific problematic guidance documents; agency initiatives to address U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations on internal controls for good guidance practices; and a discussion of the role of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in advising and implementing its cross-government good guidance practices.