Neomi Rao was nominated by the president to head the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The office has the authority to review regulations that are not in line with the administration’s agenda and eliminate them. Ms. Rao will have a prominent role in implementing one of President Trump’s key agenda items: eliminating burdensome and costly regulations. The president has already issued an executive order calling on federal agencies to review rules currently on the books and make recommendations for repeal.
NSSGA recently met with the office to push back against MSHA’s harmful workplace exams proposal as well as revisions to crystalline silica exposure standard and the Waters of the U.S. rule.
“Ms. Rao’s background and experience will be valuable as she works to balance the need for common-sense regulations and economic growth,” said Joseph Casper, NSSGA vice president of safety.
Former OIRA administrator, Susan Dudley, said “In addition to a sharp legal mind, she brings an openness to different perspectives and an ability to manage the competing demands of regulatory policy.” The nomination will be referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee.