Thursday, January 8, 2009

Prof. Sunstein to Become Regulatory Czar

The Wall Street Journal reports that "Cass Sunstein, a Harvard Law School professor who pioneered efforts to design regulation around the ways people behave, will be named the Obama administration's regulatory czar, a transition official said Wednesday." The Journal says that although the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs position is "obscure, the post wields outsize power. It oversees regulations throughout the government, from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration" and "Obama aides have said the job will be crucial as the new administration overhauls financial-services regulations, attempts to pass universal health care and tries to forge a new approach to controlling emissions of greenhouse gases."

Sunstein recently published a law review article suggesting OSHA was unconstitutional.

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