President Obama's picks for a five member group tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance has drawn criticism over its insider-heavy composition. The group is one of a handful of Obama administration reactions to revelations of widespread surveillance of telephone records and Internet communications caused by the leaking of classified documents by former intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden.
"I am satisfied that they are taking it seriously, but I want to be careful with the word 'satisfied.' I'm very encouraged by the signs that I have seen," Howard Shelanski told the House Small Business Committee. Shelanski was confirmed as the new OIRA administrator on June 27, replacing Cass Sunstein.
If confirmed as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Howard Shelanski would continue the regulatory look-back process emphasized by his predecessor Cass Sunstein.
Among law professors, "it's long been thought that the process of notice and comment is basically kabuki theater," said Cass Sunstein, himself a law professor for decades before heading up OIRA and who has since returned to academia. "That administrative-law sophisticated wisdom, it couldn't be further from the truth," he said at a Brookings Institution event.
Cass Sunstein, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, will step down from his post this month to rejoin Harvard Law School as the Felix Frankfurter professor of law and to direct the school's new program on behavioral economics and public policy.
Efforts to streamline regulations over the last 3 years have resulted in "more than $91 billion in net benefits," according to a May 10 White House blog post from Cass Sunstein,...
Under the May 1 executive order, agencies are required to submit a regulatory plan that summarizes the "international regulatory cooperation activities that are reasonably anticipated to lead to significant regulations."
It’s been 2 years since the president issued the Open Government Directive, a policy that not only required executive departments and agencies to draft open government plans, but to update them...
Agencies are now required to include brief, straightforward executive summaries at the beginning of all complex rules and regulations, says a Jan. 4 memo (.pdf) issued by Cass Sunstein, administrator
A Nov. 28 presidential memorandum unveiled an Office of Management and Budget effort to reform records management, which will culminate in the issuance of a records management directive in summer