Executive Order Expands
Presidential Power Over Agencies
By Michelle Chen
Wednesday 24 January 2007
The White House has quietly amended a key executive order to tighten the president's grip on federal agencies that enforce health, safety and environmental protections.
The new order, issued last Thursday, gives the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) enhanced tools to oversee and interfere with federal regulations on everything from warning labels on medicines to safety standards for construction worksites.
In a statement responding to the executive order, the watchdog group Public Citizen called the initiative "an appalling arrogation of power," charging the White House with claiming more executive will over federal agencies while circumventing congressional oversight.
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