Archive for December, 2017

This year was easy; next year deregulating gets tough

From: Bloomberg Government

Cheryl Bolen


Agencies are going to be systematically revisiting their regulations, which will take time, Rao said. There is a lot of discretion and room to roll back regulations, but it must be done in a way that’s consistent with law, she said.

OIRA also is reviewing a number of guidance documents and in many cases encouraging agencies to instead move ahead with a rulemaking, so there is more process and the public has an opportunity to weigh in, Rao said.

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Korean Ministry of Government Legislation Visits OIRA

From: The Korea Herald

By Ock Hyun-ju


Minister Kim Oe-sook visited the US Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the US House of Representatives from Dec. 20-24 to learn from the US in responding to legislative challenges in the face of the “fourth industrial revolution,” it said.

While visiting with Neomi Rao, the Administrator of the OIRA, on Dec. 21, the minister discussed whether deregulations are necessary in the wake of rapid technological innovation and learned about the US regulatory policies, according to the ministry.

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OIRA: “We’re small but mighty”

From: Pacific Standard

Five Covert Techniques Used by Trump to Cut Government Oversight

How the Trump administration skirts the obstacles that make it hard for federal agencies to deregulate industries.


This use of the Paperwork Reduction Act may not be a one-off. Rao signaled recently that her staff was likely to continue to wield the law to limit agency initiatives to gather information.


Introduction to the Fall 2017 Regulatory Plan

From: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs


OIRA also continues to respect and pursue longstanding principles and practices of centralized regulatory review. These principles, set out in President Clinton’s Executive Order 12866, emphasize that agencies should regulate only when necessary, when consistent with law, and in a manner that produces real net benefits for the American people.The Administration also takes seriously retrospective review and the imperative to evaluate the actual costs and benefits of existing regulations. The President’s two-for-one directive and the creation of a regulatory cap requires that agencies eliminate unnecessary or excessively burdensome rules as part of their regulatory planning.