Bush Executive Order Undermines Rule Making at OSHA and EPA.

Posted February 17, 2007

"On January 18, 2007 President Bush signed an Executive Order that gives the White House much greater control over the rules, guidelines and policy statements the are issued by different Agencies to protect the public. 

The two agencies particularly targeted by this Executive Order are the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Each agency must now have a regulatory policy office run by a White House appointee to supervise the development of rules and guidelines for regulated industries. 

It also states that before an agency issues any regulations, they must first identify "the specific market failure" or problem that justifies government intervention. 

Many see this order as a way for Bush to get around the new Democratic congress.  A full analysis of the Executive Order, entitled "Undermining Public Protections" has been published by OMB Watch. 

It can be viewed on the attached link.


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