Mitchell Introduces the OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act

February 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Paul Mitchell (MI-10) introduced the OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act (H.R. 1009) to strengthen congressional insight and accountability over the regulatory process by putting the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) into statute.  Representative Mitchell issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 1009:

“In recent years, the regulatory state has grown to unprecedented levels. Unelected bureaucrats have exceeded their authority by creating regulations that negatively impact families and job creators. This legislation would strengthen the Congressional authority over the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to ensure it functions effectively as the first line of defense to stop overly burdensome regulations,” said Representative Mitchell.

“I am proud to introduce this legislation in my first 100 days to protect families and businesses from unnecessary, over-burdensome, and redundant regulations.”

View Rep. Mitchell’s remarks on H.R. 1009 here.


About H.R. 1009:

  • Outlines OIRA’s responsibilities in statute, ensuring its continued existence.
  • Places OIRA under congressional oversight and reaffirms congressional authority over the regulatory process. 
  • Requires a written report on proposed regulation to ensure transparency in the regulatory process.
  • Requires a retrospective review of past regulation to eliminate outdated regulation. 
  • Passed the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on February 14, 2017.

About OIRA:

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 created OIRA within the Office of Management and Budget.  In 1981, President Reagan used an executive order to give OIRA the responsibility to review agency regulatory actions before finalization.  President Clinton issued an executive order in 1993 that outlines the process under which OIRA currently reviews regulations. 

OIRA has the responsibility of reviewing “significant” rules, rules having an impact of $100 million or more on the economy, and does a cost-benefit analysis on agency proposals.  However, OIRA does not review rules unless an agency proactively submits them for review and currently allows agencies to determine themselves whether their rule is considered significant.