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 that routine this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see a new logo at this website. The American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice now co-sponsors the blog. I knew this change was coming—Chris Walker made the announcement at the Section’s annual Administrative Law Conference a couple of weeks back—but it’s still nice to see.

This new co-sponsorship presents a good opportunity to highlight a recent teleforum hosted by the ABA Admin Law Section entitled “The Real OIRA: Understanding the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.” I was fortunate enough to moderate an all-star panel of former of OIRA officials. I learned a lot about how OIRA works. If you missed the event, a free recording is now available. Check it out.

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About Aaron Nielson

Professor Nielson is an associate professor at Brigham Young University Law School, where he teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, civil procedure, federal courts, and antitrust. He currently serves as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal agency that studies the administrative process and makes recommendations on ways to improve it. He also co-chairs the Rulemaking Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice. Previously he chaired the Section's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee. Before joining the academy, Professor Nielson was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP (where he remains of counsel). He also has served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_L_Nielson.

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