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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

House Holds Hearings on Information Quality Act
During the week of July 20, the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, held hearings on "Improving Information Quality in the Federal Government." The hearings focused on the Information Quality Act. Links to some of the written testimony at the hearings are provided below.

Noteworthy is the testimony of Jeff Ruch, Executive Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ("PEER"). PEER is one of the few environmental group NGO s that has filed requests for correction under the IQA. In his testimony, Mr. Ruch explained why PEER broke from the environmental NGO ranks and decided to use the IQA:

    "We think other progressive and public interest organizations should be using the IQA. Perhaps, this is a distinctly minority viewpoint among organizations in which PEER is commonly in coalition. As stated earlier, PEER is a service organization for public employees; as such, we do not feel that we have the luxury of using only laws that are considered politically correct in seeking to help our clients."
Mr. Ruch's testimony outlines what he believes to be the strengths and weaknesses of the IQA. He recommended that Congress amend the IQA to make it expressly subject to judicial review.
  • Click for PEER testimony.
  • Click for Center for Progressive Reform Testimony.
  • Click for Coalition for Effective Environmental Information Testimony.
  • Click for U.S. Chamber of Commerce Testimony.
  • Click for EPA Testimony.
  • Click for Fish and Wildlife Service Testimony .
  • Click for HHS Testimony.