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OIRA Administrator Under President Obama

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Modernizing Regulatory Review Actions

In April 2023, the White House issued Executive Order 14094 “Modernizing Regulatory Review” and proposed updates for the documents guiding benefit-cost analysis and economic discount rates for regulations (Circular A-4) and spending (Circular A-94) across federal agencies. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is working to implement these much-anticipated changes, which comprise the most significant regulatory policy initiatives of the Biden administration and raise interesting benefit-cost analysis issues, including the appropriate discount rate, who has standing in a benefit-cost analysis, and how distributional impacts should be measured.

As these actions develop throughout the upcoming year, the Regulatory Studies Center will be covering these actions extensively through engaging events, public comments, insightful commentaries and op-eds, and podcast discussions with our experts.

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Economically Significant Final Rules Published by Presidential Year

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Comment on FTC-DOJ Draft Merger Guidelines

The proper goal of merger enforcement policy is to prevent only those mergers that seem likely to reduce the welfare of consumers

Is Communications-Company Ownership of Video Content a Threat to Competition?

Evidence from the financial markets that carrier integration into video production has not redounded to the benefit of these companies’ stockholders

Letter to OIRA Administrator on Circular A4

Former SBCA presidents emphasize the importance of best practices for discounting and distributional impacts for making the new OMB Circular a durable guide

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"Your input and expertise during the drafting of the Early Participation in Regulations Act of 2019 and SMART Act of 2019 was invaluable."

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
Senator James Lankford (R-OK)


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