Today we summarize the testimony from all eight witnesses who appeared yesterday before two separate House oversight subcommittees.
Category Archives: Regulatory Procedures
The previously scheduled joint subcommittee hearing has been split into a back-to-back marathon double hearing. See our event record for links to witness testimony.
The full witness list is below.
|Judicary||Steven D. Aitken||Curtis W. Copeland
Peter L. Strauss
|Paul R. Noe|
On January 18, the Office of Management and Budget issued final government-wide guidance on the issuance of guidance in lieu of rulemaking. OMB’s Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices is rich with content. Today we begin a series intended to educate the public about this Bulletin and its implications for regulatory policy and process.
President Bush’s Executive order 13422 changed the domain of centralized regulatory oversight, its governing philosophy, and certain procedures related to regulatory planning. Yesterday we posted on the changed domain — the inclusion of signifcant guidance documents within the centralized oversight apparatus. Today’s installment concerns the change in regulatory philosophy. Read More →
NAS Opens Up (a Bit) to Public Participation
Finally, the public can effectively comment on provisional committee appointments
The National Research Council, the operating arm of the Academy of Sciences, routinely conducts peer review of scientific issues. The experts it provisionally appoints to these review panels are subject to a 20 calendar day public comment period.
Historically, the public’s actual ability to comment has been severely limited and in violation of the spirit (if not the letter) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. NRC would post notice of a provisional committee appointment, but not alert the public that it had done so. Members of the public would have to know that a review was about to begin; the name of the board, committee or other unit under whose auspices the review was taking place; and possibly the name of the ad hoc committee. Then they would have to check the NAS web site every day.
For an organization that claims to be the premier scientific and technical body in the United States, this scheme is remarkably archaic. Today, one NRC division finally made it easy for the public to monitor its activities.