Annual Regulation Dinner with Cass Sunstein
January 16, 2013 - Penn Program for Regulation hosted its second annual regulation dinner with keynote speaker Harvard Law professor, Cass R. Sunstein. Professor Sunstein described his experience as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). OIRA's main function is to review regulation policy in the federal government. OIRA has received criticism over the years that it slows down policy-making and allows for special interest groups to gain influence over such policies. Sunstein explains that OIRA is misunderstood, that its role in aggregating information is in order to make and regulate sound policies, despite the time it takes. The fact that OIRA is actually responsible for handling a vast quantity of information on policy and current policies supports this. Professor Sunstein's lecture was transformed into a five part series on RegBlog entitled "White House Review of Regulation: Myths and Realities". This second annual regulation dinner commemorates the founding of the Penn Program on Regulation.