On Monday we began a multi-part series on Susan Dudley, the Bush administration’s nominee to head OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Her confirmation hearing is scheduled for November 13. A campaign is being led by Public Citizen and OMB Watch to scuttle her confirmation. Our series analyzes the merits of theiropposition report. Tuesday’s installment provided background on Public Citizen and OMB Watch, the activist organizations who authored the report. Wednesday we posted a discussion of the three dominant themes in the introduction to the Opposition Report. Thursday provided an analysis of the airbag case, which figures prominently in the Opposition Report.
Today we examine a section in the Report titled “Dudley’s Impossible Requirements.” The authors say that if confirmed Dudley would impose analytic burdens on regulatory agencies that they could never satisfy, the practical effect of which would be to paralyze federal regulation.