NCC: Emerson retirement will be loss to U.S. agriculture

Editor’s Note:  Rep. Emerson has been a great champion and pioneer in developing the “good government” laws that regulate the regulators.

From: Delta Farm Press

The National Cotton Council (NCC) said U.S. agriculture is losing a strong advocate in Missouri Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who announced her retirement from Congress on December 3.

“Representative Emerson will be missed by U.S. agriculture, especially our cotton industry,” NCC Chairman Chuck Coley said. “She understands the challenges facing America’s farmers, and worked tirelessly to promote their ability to compete in the global marketplace. As a member of the agriculture appropriations subcommittee, she supported funding for effective research, export promotion and conservation programs.”

The Inextricable Nexus of Energy and Water Resources

Editor’s Note:  Regulatory coordination across agencies is required by President Obama’s Executive Order 13563 which is administered by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

From: RegBlog

Cailin Lechner

Economic instability, social unrest, and diminished quality of life may loom in America’s future if regulators fail to better align our energy and water policies, according to a recent federal report.

Proposition 37 – gone, but probably not forgotten

Editor’s Note:  Any federal attempt at mandatory labeling of genetically improved foods would run up against the Paperwork Reduction Act‘s requirement that any labeling requirements have “practical utility.”

From: Western Farm Press

by Elton  Robinson in Farm Press Blog

California’s Proposition 37, which would have mandated the labeling of many grocery products containing genetically-engineered ingredients, was defeated by voters on Nov. 6. The setback for the organic industry has temporarily discouraged the spread of this measure to other states. But it isn’t over by a long shot.

Background Reading List on Good Government Laws

 Five  Governors of the Regulatory State

History of Regulatory Review

Presidential  Review  of  Regulations (ABA)

What is OIRA?

Presidential Accountability in Rulemaking

National Archive History of OMB Review of Regulations

A Website Dedicated to the History of OIRA

Happy Birthday Wishes to the Data Quality Act

December 21, 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the Data Quality Act (DQA), also known as the Information Quality Act, 44 U.S.C § 3516, note.

The DQA has deep roots developed over nearly a half-century as the result of a seed planted during the Johnson Administration which germinated in the Nixon Administration, was watered by the Carter Administration and whose product was harvested by the Reagan Administration, made available to the public in the Bush I Administration and subsequently enhanced by the Clinton Administration and promoted by the Bush II and Obama Administrations. See: and

A Decade of the Data Quality Act

  See   A Decade of the Data Quality Act

The Data Quality Act: A Formidable Watchdog

As a result of a recent court action, the Data Quality Act is now a formidable watchdog to ensure that the HHS Insurance Office accepts only those studies that are DQA compliant. Read the following from Inside EPA:

Industry Sees Court Rejection Of DOJ Petition Aiding Bid For DQA Review

Proponents of making Data Quality Act (DQA) petitions judicially reviewable claim they received a boost after a federal appeals court rejected the Justice Department’s (DOJ) bid to clarify that a recent ruling did not address the issue, though DQA critics say the DOJ petition reinforces the administration’s position that DQA decisions are not judicially reviewable.

“Good Government” Laws: A Primer

 The “good government” laws were enacted over the past forty years to give OMB and its predecessors and the public mechanisms to “regulate the regulators”

The “good government” laws include:

 —  Data Quality Act

 —  Paperwork Reduction Act

 —  Executive Order 12866-OMB Regulatory Review

 —  Regulatory Flexibility Act

 —  Congressional Review Act

 An oral history of these laws is provided in a CRE  documentary  to the  National Archives ..

A compilation of key documents leading to the development of these laws are on the website managed by CRE–TheOMB.US .