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Obama’s ‘regulatory czar’ leaving

Aug. 3, 2012 - 11:18AM   |  
By DAVID JACKSON, USA TODAY   |   Comments

White House official Cass Sunstein — known as “the regulatory czar,” one of the most powerful little-known people in Washington — is leaving the administration.

President Obama made the announcement himself, saying Sunstein “has helped drive a series of historic accomplishments on behalf of the American people.

“From putting in place lifesaving protections for America’s families, to eliminating tens of millions of hours of paperwork burdens for our nation’s citizens and businesses, Cass has shown that it is possible to support economic growth without sacrificing health, safety and the environment,” Obama said.

The regulatory policies of Obama and Sunstein have also drawn political fire — from conservatives who say they are slowing economic growth, and liberals who say the administration hasn’t gone far enough.

Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the White House Office of Management and Budget, will return this month to his position at Harvard Law School.

Obama and Sunstein met when both taught at the University of Chicago Law School.

Said Obama: “Cass has shepherded our review of existing rules to get rid of those that cost too much or no longer make sense, an effort that is already on track to save billions of dollars. With these reforms and his tenacious promotion of cost-benefit analysis, his efforts will benefit Americans for years to come. I can’t thank him enough for his friendship and for his years of exceptional service.”

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