Tag Archives: OIRA

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Tax Regulations: A Case Study (with Jennifer Nou and David Weisbach)

by Daniel Hemel — Friday, July 27, 2018

[Note: This post is co-authored with University of Chicago Law School colleagues Jennifer Nou and David Weisbach.] The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have submitted a proposed rule regarding the new passthrough deduction to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review. This appears to be the first tax regulation labeled as “economically significant” […]

OIRA’s Lineage and Enforcement Responsibilities, by Jim Tozzi

by Guest Blogger — Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

Professor Andrew Rudalevige of Bowdoin College has written two articles on the creation of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA): one just published in the 2018 Winter Edition of National Affairs (Number 34) and the other an earlier and more-detailed presentation published by the Midwest Political Science Association. Professor Rudalevige concludes: Presidential authority […]

The CBO-CBA Analogy, or What Wonks Could Learn from Each Other

by Jennifer Nou — Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017@Jennifer_Nou

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released its long-awaited report on the likely budgetary effects of the American Health Care Act. The legislative counterpart to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, CBO estimates how federal spending and revenues would change as a result of proposed legislative bills. The resulting Republican talking points were […]

A Syllabus on OIRA, by Jim Tozzi

by Guest Blogger — Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

In any incoming Administration there are two unique appointments which could have a significant impact on the ultimate success or failure of an Administration, the Director of OMB and the leader of one of its component offices—the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OIRA. The former helps develop and enforce Presidential policies using the annual […]

The OIRA Transparency Problem, by Peter Strauss

by Guest Blogger — Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Among the ABA AdLaw Section’s recommendations in its bi-partisan Report to the President-Elect sent to both candidates before the election was this one concerning OIRA’s administration of Executive Order 12,866: Third, we urge you to ensure appropriate transparency in White House oversight of agency rulemaking through OIRA. From their beginning, the Executive orders creating a […]

Review: Pasachoff’s The President’s Budget as a Source of Agency Policy Control, by Jim Tozzi

by Guest Blogger — Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

[Editor’s Note: This is Jim Tozzi’s review of Eloise Pasachoff, The President’s Budget as a Source of Agency Policy Control, 125 Yale Law Journal 2182 (2016), which originally appeared here.  Jim Tozzi served as a career regulatory official in five consecutive Administrations and was instrumental in the establishment of centralized regulatory review.] Centralized regulatory review began on the “budget […]

Three Reasons Why OIRA Needs A Strong Institutional Base, by Jim Tozzi

by Guest Blogger — Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

OIRA, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, located in the White House Office of Management and Budget, is the nation’s gatekeeper over federal regulatory activity. All executive branch agencies are prohibited from releasing economically significant regulations without first submitting their regulations to OIRA for review. In the performance of this duty OIRA is often […]

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The Real OIRA: Inside White House Reg Review

by Aaron Nielson — Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015@Aaron_L_Nielson

Each morning, lawyers everywhere do certain things. We brush our teeth; take a shower; get dressed; check our email and the headlines; have a bite to eat; exchange pleasantries with loved ones, co-workers, or both; and then read the Notice & Comment blog. (Well, at least we all should do these things ….) I followed […]