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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

In Praise of Susan Dudley and OIRA

Susan Dudley is Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. On May 20, 2008, she testified before the House Committee on Government Reform. During her testimony she was attacked regarding OIRA’s involvement in the U.S. EPA’s development of new Clean Air Act Standards.

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council published an article praising Ms. Dudley on their Business Trends Blog, The article praised Ms. Dudley and OIRA for "subjecting regulatory proposals to the wizardry of cost-benefit analysis and insisting that sound science and credible data support new major regulation."

The CRE agrees that these are praiseworthy actions within OIRA’s mandate, and that OMB’s actions are transparent to the public. We also agree with the council that

"OIRA does exceedingly important work. They are attempting to help the government produce well deliberated, justifiable regulation. This is OIRA’s job. With the cost of federal regulation now exceeding $1.1 trillion, Congress should be looking at ways to help OIRA meet its goals.

Regulatory costs are now a larger per-household cost than health insurance. Without OIRA safeguarding the process to ensure that major regulations are fully considered, vetted, analyzed, and made available for comment, small businesses stand to lose."

Ms. Dudley and the rest of OIRA are dedicated public servants doing difficult, important work. They should be praised and supported by Congress. They should not be attacked for partisan political purposes.

  • Click here to read The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council article praising Susan Dudley and OIRA article