New Reports Look at Bush Administration’s Regulatory Record

OMB Watch recently released two reports looking at the Bush Administration’s impact on the regulatory system during its eight years in office.

The first report, After Midnight, examines the last-minute regulations the Bush Administration rolled out in its final months. The report, produced by OMB Watch and the Center for American Progress, argues that  many of these “midnight” regulations actually represent deregulatory actions that weaken or eliminate safeguards protecting health, safety, the environment, and the public’s welfare.

The second report, The Bush Legacy: An Assault on Public Protections, shows the Administration’s attacks on a variety of regulations using specific examples to document a wide range of activity that often took place in secret.

We are pleased to note that OMB Watch received last year’s Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award from the AALL Government Relations Committee (GRC) for its efforts to promote government openness and accountability. The GRC is currently soliciting nominations for the 2009 PAGI Award and Robert L. Oakley Member Advocacy Award. If you know of a deserving candidate, please send your nominations to GRC Chair Steve Mirsky by February 28.

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