NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Has an employer ever asked you to do something that violated your code of ethics as a safety professional?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    Watchdog report analyzes regulatory process under Obama

    January 11, 2011

    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    Washington – Although the Obama administration set a more aggressive regulatory tone than its predecessor, efforts to overhaul the rulemaking process have stalled, according to a report released Jan. 6 by OMB Watch, a government transparency and accountability watchdog group.

    The Obama Approach to Public Protection: The Regulatory Process (.pdf file) is the third in a series of reports. According to the report, Obama failed to issue a regulatory executive order to significantly change the relationship between the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and federal agencies. However, OIRA has taken incremental steps toward change, such as allowing agencies more discretion over rulemakings, the report said. OMB Watch also said OSHA has strengthened oversight of employers with historically poor safety and health records and made inspection data more accessible.

    From Jan. 20, 2009, to Jan. 19, 2010 – Obama’s first year in office – federal and state OSHA programs issued more than 68,000 violations, which marked a 167 percent increase from the previous year, the report said.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.