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OMB Proposes Peer Review for All Significant Regulatory Documents

As noted by OMB Watch, on August 29, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), an agency within the Office of Management and Budget, (OMB) released a draft bulletin “proposing a standardized process by which all significant regulatory documents (of the most important science disseminated by the federal government) will be subject to peer review by qualified specialists in appropriate technical disciplines.”

  • For reference, President George W. Bush revived the OIRA, created by President Reagan: “Each of the 600 or so major rules issued each year by executive agencies needs clearance from OIRA.” [Link]. According to this WSJ article on the OIRA, published June 12, 2002, “the Bush administration has rejected rules at the highest rate since President Reagan’s first term.”
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