Regulatory policy mavens have been wondering all year when the federal government would release the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. This report details the various actions planned by federal regulatory agencies. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the White House Office of Management and Budget is supposed to release the Unified Agenda twice a year, but until December — late December — no report had been issued. Now the wait is over. Just in time for Christmas OIRA released a single report for 2012 (available here). Some had speculated the report had been withheld because federal agencies were planning a “tsunami” of post-election regulations. Yet according to the Washington Times, that does not appear to be the case.
And speaking of OIRA, former administrator Cass Sunstein has posted a forthcoming article on myths and realities” about the office.