Officials across the federal government want a venue where they can share their experiences working with foreign regulatory agencies, the Government Accountability Office says. Venues for agencies to discuss international regulatory cooperation do exist, but they involve high-level officials, not those who are responsible for day-to-day implementation, GAO says in a report (.pdf) released August 1.
"Minimum acceptable standards need to be out there," even if states have their own regulations, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said. The Interior Department proposed a rule for fracking safety in May and has been working to finalize it. But Jewell said the department had yet to determine whether states themselves could receive variances or if companies would have to apply for each natural gas well.
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.
The records of interactions between the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and special-interest groups are suspiciously sparse, the Center for Effective Government said Feb. 26. The advocacy group analyzed OIRA records for three agencies and found what it said is an implausibly small number of written comments and records of phone conversations.
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."
Narratives that show how a proposed regulation might reduce terrorist attacks could be more useful than complex cost-benefit models to justify regulations, according to an April 4 Rand Corp. report (.pdf).
The Office and Management and Budget hosted a press call May 26 to provide an update on a Jan. 18 executive order by President Obama which asked agencies to make their regulatory process more