A report released this week by 2008 AALL Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) award winner OMB Watch examines the Obama Administration’s approach to rulemaking. OMB Watch finds that the new Administration’s rulemaking record shows a marked philosophical change from the Bush era’s tendency toward deregulation, and most agencies have made significant strides to better protect the public. However, OMB Watch concludes that the Administration has not done enough to reform the rulemaking process, relying instead on the Clinton-era Executive Order 12866 on regulatory planning and review.
This is the first report in a series of three. The final report will focus exclusively on the regulatory process, including issues of transparency, participation, regulatory analysis, and scientific integrity. We will let you know when that report is released.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]