The White House State: ‘Regulatory Reform’ in Sheep’s Clothing (OMB Circular A-4)

by Mark Krebs via

My strong first impression is that OMB Circular A-4 is particularly useful for more expediently advancing the administrative state’s ‘all of Government’ agenda to combat the ‘existential threat’ of anthropogenic global warming.”

Last Friday April 7thThe Hill reported:

The White House is [re]forming the country’s regulatory system, announcing a new executive order and guidance that experts say could be used to justify both more and stronger regulations. On Thursday, the White House released an executive order reducing the number of regulations that undergo a more rigorous White House review and promoting public participation from previously underrepresented groups at its Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

The Hill’s article, “White House Issues Reforms to the Regulatory Process,” quoted two experts from organizations that generally support the climate alarm/forced energy transformation side of the debate.

Billy Pizer, vice president for research and policy engagement at Resources for the Future … described the changes as a “pretty major overhaul.”

“It’s the most significant update for the U.S. government’s broad regulatory analysis policy since we’ve been doing regulatory analysis policy,” Pizer said. In particular, this could lead to both more regulations and regulations that are more protective. 

And from James Goodwin, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Progressive Reform:

It brings an entirely different way of thinking about the regulatory system. It does create more space for agencies to regulate more and…to [make] more protective regulations.

“They’ve sort of laid the groundwork to make it a big deal. Do you ever play with Legos? You sort of dump out the pieces. They’ve sort of dumped out the pieces. The question is: what are they going to build with it, if anything.”

The Washington Examiner‘s Daily on Energy (April 10th) published: How the OMB regulatory analysis changes will boost Biden’s climate agenda. It quoted a different perspective:

Chad Whiteman, vice president of environment and regulatory affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said OMB’s proposal represents significant changes that are effectively putting a thumb on the scale and “ballooning the benefits” so the administration can justify much more stringent regulatory requirements.

In summary, there is a lot of information to unpack as to what OMB proposes and the implementation timeline thereof. However, we are well aware of OMB Circular A-4 as it presently stands and have started to review a new public review draft released on April 6th.


Leave a Reply