Vote YES on HR 1009 and HR 1004

March 1, 2017

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.  20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H.R. 1009, the OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act, and H.R. 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act.  On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support these bills.

As the “regulatory gatekeeper,” the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is responsible for ensuring that agencies follow procedural requirements during the rulemaking process.  H.R. 1009 codifies Executive Order 12866, issued by President Bill Clinton, which established OIRA’s role as the centralized regulatory review authority.  The legislation places OIRA under congressional oversight and reaffirms congressional authority over the regulatory process.  H.R. 1009 also extends the requirement for regulatory review to independent agencies. 

H.R. 1004 increases transparency and limits certain activities of federal agencies during the rulemaking process.  For example, the Government Accountability Office has found several instances where the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act and solicited support for its rules without proper identification as the author of the regulation.  H.R. 1004 prohibits federal agencies from issuing statements for propaganda purposes and from soliciting support for promoting pending agency regulatory action; requires all public communications to be available online, pending regulatory actions; and requires any agency to disclose that it is the source of information to intended recipients. 

All votes on these bills will be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2017 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely, 

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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