Recall our brief discussion of President Bush’s Executive Order 13422, and the corresponding New York Times article, Bush Directive Increases Sway on Regulation. A few days after he was inaugurated, President Obama issued Executive Order 13497, which in one fell swoop revoked two prior Executive Orders that beefed up regulatory review (the 2002 EO from President Bush, and a 1993 EO from President Clinton). But, President Obama didn’t simply revoke these policies; he ordered the OMB to reevaluate how it reviews agency regulations and identify the best way to do it. The OMB then requested public comments, and as you can see, received a lot of them.
What do you think about the back-and-forth between administrations? How much immediate oversight should the President and OMB exercise over agency regulations?