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  • Murky reg-review process set stage for frenzy over OMB memo

    May 14, 2009 – Greenwire

    OMB and its regulatory review office are walking a fine line on transparency, said Michael Livermore, executive director of New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity. “It’s a good thing to have the public being able to be responsive to these kinds of interagency discussions,” Livermore said. But if agencies had to take full responsibility for anything they said, it could have a “chilling effect,” he added.

  • Cass Sunstein For Regulation Czar

    May 12, 2009 –

    Sunstein is well known for his academic writings, which touch on everything from constitutional law to behavioral economics. His appointment to director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is a harbinger of the administration’s commitments—yes, we need to grow the economy, but sound economics need not conflict with smart regulation.

  • Hopes and fears for Senate confirmation hearings

    May 6, 2009 – The Pump Handle

    The Institute for Policy Integrity, on the other hand, endorses Professor Sunstein to head OIRA, arguing that cost-benefit analysis, if done in an unbiased way, could be used to support progressive environmental and public safety regulations.

  • Why Obama’s Regulatory Czar Makes Liberals Nervous

    February 24, 2009 –

    And in the midst of a severe economic downturn, [Livermore] says, “it’s going to be essential to have a strong cost-benefit analysis in support of any regulation as a way of selling it to the American public. If I were a President who wanted to have a strong environmental agenda, the last thing I would do is say ‘We’re not going to look at the costs of these regulations, we’re just going to do them. “

  • The Costs and Benefits Of Cass Sunstein

    February 9, 2009 – Congressional Quarterly

    Sunstein knows “you have to understand the consequences between difficult choices,” said Revesz. “He’ll be focused on making the choice that maximizes social welfare as opposed to some ideological predisposition.”

  • On Regs, Obama Thinking Out of the Box

    February 4, 2009 – Science Magazine’s Science Insider Blog

    Michael Livermore, an expert on regulatory policy at New York University’s School of Law, says revoking that executive order carried an important symbolic message: “Whatever you thought you knew about regulatory policy—things are going to be different.”

  • Obama tosses Bush order, eases OMB grip on rulemaking

    February 4, 2009 – Greenwire

    This is a step that the Obama administration is taking, saying ‘We want to allow that process to work without political interference,’ and I really think that’s the signal that they’re sending right now,” Livermore said.

  • Regulation Czar: Low Profile, Big Influence

    February 3, 2009 –

    Cass Sunstein, one of the new President’s friends and advisers since Obama’s days at the University of Chicago, has landed one of the most powerful jobs in Washington—but one that is little known outside the Beltway. As director of the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), he will review every major regulation promulgated by any federal agency, from clean air to airline safety.

  • After Midnight: Where Should Environmental Regulation Go From Here?

    January 27, 2009 – National Journal Environment & Energy Expert Blog

    So, the question that the Obama administration needs to ask when reviewing the former President’s last minute rules is whether they were given rigorous scrutiny, or whether they were pushed out the door at the last minute to satisfy a political constituency or ideological goal.”

  • THE TRANSITION: Proposed Regulatory Czar Has Long and Perplexing Track Record

    January 23, 2009 – Science Magazine

    ‘‘I think both sides will be surprised,’‘ says Richard Revesz, dean of the law school at New York University. The tools of cost-benefit analysis in the past ‘‘were captured by antiregulatory academic and interest groups’‘ and misused, says Revesz. He predicts that Sunstein will deploy those same tools in support of novel regulatory initiatives.