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.
Associate Administrator – Andrei Greenawalt
Andrei Greenawalt currently serves as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), where he helps to lead the Obama Administration's development of regulatory policy and the review of significant Executive Branch regulatory actions. He previously served at the White House as Policy Advisor to the Office of the Chief of Staff, Deputy Director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs, and Counsel in the Office of Legislative Affairs.
Prior to the White House, he worked on then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In addition, he worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform for then-Ranking Member Henry Waxman and at the Association to Benefit Children in New York City. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Politics and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization Board of Directors and a Symposium Editor on the Yale Law Journal.