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Feb
07

White House Guide Tees Up Battles Between EPA, Agencies On Rule Costs

From: Inside EPA

David Lim & Donna Haseley

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“Agencies that are not able to generate sufficient savings to account for new regulatory actions they must issue may submit a written request to the Director of OMB to transfer savings from another agency before they submit a regulatory action for review that does not contain the needed offset. However, if the Director does not concur with this request, the Agency must identify adequate offsets absent a waiver,” the guidance states.

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The guidance puts OIRA “in the cockpit” to determine how new regulatory actions by departments and agencies are treated, Levinson noted. “The OIRA Desk Officer is the regulatory watchdog, to ensure agencies do not use backdoors, use guidances and interpretative documents as backdoors, to get around the President’s goals,” Levinson said.

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