The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA, pronounced "oh-eye-ruh") is a Federal office established by Congress in the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act. It is part of the Office of Management and Budget, which is an agency within the Executive Office of the President. It is staffed by both political appointees and career civil servants.
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, OIRA reviews all collections of information by the Federal Government. OIRA also develops and oversees the implementation of government-wide policies in several areas, including information quality and statistical standards. In addition, OIRA reviews draft regulations under Executive Order 12866.
OIRA Administrator – Howard Shelanski
Howard Shelanski is the current Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). President Obama nominated him to the post in April 2013 and Mr. Shelanski took office following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate in June 2013.
Mr. Shelanski was previously the Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and he has also served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission and as a Senior Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers. He has been a member of the faculties of Georgetown University (since 2011) and the University of California at Berkeley (1997-2009), where his teaching and research focused on regulation and antitrust policy. Before beginning his academic and government career Mr. Shelanski practiced law and served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court, to Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, and to Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Mr. Shelanski received a B.A. from Haverford College, and a J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.