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How does "who the President is" affect administrative agencies? Executive branch agencies (such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Energy, and many others) fall under the direct control of the President. The President chooses agency heads, who in turn work with the career staff in their agencies to implement policies in line with the President's policy goals. The agencies, like the President, exercise executive power in the creation and promulgation of national policies. In effect, the President delegates power to agencies, and the agencies' connection to the President gives them some degree of democratic accountability. How does the Office of Internal and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) oversee these agencies for the Executive branch? Does OIRA serve both the President and the public? What agencies are not reviewable by OIRA and why?
Does the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs improve the work produced by administrative agencies? Professor Susan Dudley explains how OIRA can provide a useful objective analysis that helps agencies work together, avoid duplication, and gai
Does the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs improve the work produced by administrative agencies? Professor Susan Dudley explains how OIRA can provide a useful objective analysis that helps agencies work together, avoid duplication, and gain a broader perspective on issues. OIRA also provides a channel of communication between the President and the executive agencies under review.
Susan Dudley is director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and distinguished professor of practice in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.
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