Accountability and Transparency Reform at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Subcommittee on Government Operations
Subcommittee on Government Operations
Hearing Date: March 15, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

PURPOSE:

  • To examine the role of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in ensuring regulatory transparency and accountability.

BACKGROUND:

  • Created by the Paperwork Reduction of 1980, OIRA is housed within the Office of Management and Budget and is responsible for overseeing federal regulatory, paperwork, and information resource management activities.
  • In 1993, President Clinton issued Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 establishing regulatory responsibilities for OIRA and regulating agencies when proposing a regulation. President Obama reaffirmed these principles and requirements in 2011 via E.0.13563.

 

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Michelle Sager Director, Strategic Issues Government Accountability Office Document
Richard Williams Vice President of Policy Research, Director of Regulatory Studies Program Mercatus Center, George Mason University Document
Sam Batkins Director of Regulatory Policy American Action Forum Document
Howard Shelanski Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Office of Management and Budget Document