Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
analysts oversee the Federal regulatory system so that agencies'
regulatory actions are consistent with economic principles, sound
public policy, and the goals of the President. They also review
requests by agencies for approval of collections of information
(including surveys, program evaluations, and applications for benefits)
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. In addition, policy analysts
review and analyze other Administration and Congressional policy
initiatives. Policy analysts in OIRA work directly with high-level
policy officials and have a great deal of responsibility in a wide
array of policy areas. Major topic areas include virtually every
domestic policy area including environment, natural resources, agriculture,
rural development, energy, labor, education, immigration, health,
welfare, housing, finance, criminal justice, information technology,
and other related domestic policy issues.
an OIRA policy analyst:
and evaluates the regulatory, information policies, and other
policy initiatives of one or more government agencies, applying
economics, statistics, and risk assessment.
agency regulations prior to publication to ensure that the regulations
adhere to sound analytical principles, and that agencies evaluate
the need for, societal costs and benefits of, and alternatives
to new regulations.
and approves agency collections of information in accordance with
the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995. Ensures that agency
collections reduce, minimize and control paperwork burdens and
maximize the practical utility and public benefit of the information
created, collected, disclosed, maintained, used, shared and disseminated
by or for the Federal government.
the review of regulations and collections of information within
OMB and the Executive Office of the President, as well as among
other relevant Federal agencies.
and analyzes legislative and policy proposals and testimony for
conformance with the policies and priorities of the President.
special analyses and advises senior policy officials on specific