Search Results Archives: September 2012

September 24, 2012

Committee Leaders Request Meeting with Acting OMB Director on Administration’s Regulatory Agenda

From: U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. | September 14, 2012 –

Dear Acting Director Zients:

Regulatory uncertainty plays a significant role in perpetuating a persistently weak economy and labor market. It undermines the ability of employers and entrepreneurs to hire new workers, plan for the future, and invest in growing their businesses. To help get the economy back on track and support job growth, the American people and their elected representatives must have an opportunity to review the regulatory proposals under development by the administration.

September 20, 2012

A Poster Child for Regulation by Litigation Run Amok: The BLM Oil Shale Program

Do you want to have a major impact on US energy policy?  Simply have an NGO,  acting in the “public interest”,  sue the USG government  and obtain a settlement which is not subject to the procedural safeguards of the Administrative Procedure Act  nor OMB review under Executive Order 12886.

CRE finds it  incomprehensible that oil shale offers the United States the potential to extract over 1.5 trillion barrels of oil, an amount about equal to the entire world’s proven oil reserves, yet BLM has drastically shifted its policy position to one  which will prohibit the development of this vital resource.. This is especially troubling in that the 2008 PEIS BLM specifically outlined two additional steps of environmental analysis that would need to be completed before any oil could be commercially extracted.  CRE recommends the following

September 11, 2012

Food Safety Statute & Delay: Litigating Congressional Deadlines

From: Federal Regulations Advisor

By Leland E. Beck

Food safety – what could be more important?  The FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, requires a significant regulatory shift by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  FSMA imposed numerous deadlines for FDA to adopt regulations and those deadlines have passed into history without rules.  Given those facts, a number of advocacy blogs and the press have complained recently that rules are “stuck” at theOffice of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).  Demanding action, two organizations filed suit to compel the FDA to publish the rules.  Is there something to this issue of legislative deadlines?  Or is the holdup another example of bad analysis leading to a potentially worse result?  Is the suit improvident?

September 10, 2012

Lawmakers Push to Increase White House Oversight of Financial Regulators

From: New York Times


Financial regulators may face a new obstacle in their efforts to police Wall Street.

Lawmakers are pushing a bill that could curb the influence of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other regulators, according to Congressional staff members and government watchdog groups.

The measure, which a Senate committee is planning to debate this month, aims to empower the president in the rule-writing process. The proposal would allow the White House to second-guess major rules and mandate that agencies carefully study the economic effects of new regulation. The change could, in effect, delay a number of rules for the financial industry.

September 6, 2012

Are Food Safety Rules Being Delayed Until After the Election?

Editor’s Note:  The story below brings to mind a recent quote from a former senior career OIRA official who explained, “If you have a real real significant rule that comes over six weeks before the election, and you see there’s going to be a big controversy, I always tried to read it — but slowly, Tozzi said.”

From: Science 2.0

Is Obama Delaying Food Safety Rules Until After The Presidential Election?

By Hank Campbell

September 5, 2012

SEC Energy Rule: A Matter of National Security

From: FISMA Focus

FISMA Focus Editor’s Note:  The SEC rule, Disclosures by Resource Extraction Issuers/Dodd-Frank Sec. 1054 (Form SD), discussed in this document, should be considered by the Administration as a national security matter. 

The final rule cannot be implemented unless the revised Form SD is approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).  Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), no information may collected by an agency from ten or more persons without OIRA’s authorization.  The OIRA docket on the SEC form, which is not yet approved, is found here.