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OIRA, congressional oversight on agenda at ABA Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Institute


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OIRA, congressional oversight on agenda at ABA Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Institute

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2016 — As the Obama administration prepares to wind down, final regulatory actions and congressional oversight will be at the forefront of the American Bar Association’s 12th Annual Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute, March 14-15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 


What:     12th Annual Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute

              Sponsored by the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

When:     March 14-15

Where:    Walter E. Washington Convention Center

               801 Mount Vernon Place NW

               Washington, D.C. 20001


Program highlights include:

“The Role of OIRA in the Regulatory Process: A Discussion with OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski” For 35 years, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has provided centralized coordination and review of rules issued by executive agencies and reviewed cost-benefit analysis of major rules, including. in the environmental, labor and transportation areas. OIRA also will play an important role in the final regulatory actions by the Obama administration. OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski will answer questions about the major challenges and accomplishments of the agency during his term. Jeffrey Rosen, chair of the Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, will present the questions. March 15, 11:10–11:40 a.m.

“Balance Through Power: Effective Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch” Congressional oversight, when effective, is an antidote for Executive Branch overreach. If Congress has access to the information it needs to scrutinize Executive rulemaking and other actions, it can ensure a disciplined process through the powerful tools of congressional hearings and reports. But does Congress have the access it needs? And where is the line between the right amount of access and overly intrusive congressional oversight? This panel will explore congressional oversight, whether and under what circumstances it works, appropriate limits on such oversight, and changes that might make it more effective. March 15, 1:50–2:50 p.m.

For a complete agenda, please click here.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or

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