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Strengthening Regulatory Review

Recommendations for the Trump Administration from Former OIRA Leaders

This report contains a set of recommendations for the Trump Administration that, if implemented, would strengthen the process of regulatory review. These recommendations reflect the general consensus of former Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrators and Acting Administrators who served under both political parties. The Institute for Policy Integrity prepared this report to summarize the consensus reached, and these recommendations can be accomplished by executive action.

Carried out by OIRA, centralized review of regulations can enhance interagency coordination and promote careful consideration of the qualitative and quantitative costs and benefits of regulatory choices, consistent with agencies’ statutory mandates and with presidential priorities. For nearly half a century, Presidents from both political parties have sought to improve the quality of decisionmaking at administrative agencies through central oversight of significant regulatory actions.