Regulatory Decisions: New Guidance on Using Science and Risk Information

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Rayburn House Office Building

Summary

Transparent, accurate risk assessments are critical in helping federal agency decision makers make wise rules and policy decisions about environment, health, and safety matters. The policy context for this briefing concerned language proposed in a risk assessment bulletin by the OMB that would, if adopted, have become guidance for conducting the risk assessments that underpin regulatory decisions. The proposed language was built on recommendations from the National Academies (NA) and was an effort by the OMB to improve information disseminated by the government.

This panel engaged speakers who had developed or influenced the NA guidance and the OMB bulletin in a dialogue about the benefits and challenges associated with ensuring high-quality, transparent risk assessments and their impact on regulations.

Sponsors

The ACS Science & the Congress Project and the Society for Risk Analysis

Featured Speakers

Curtis Copeland, moderating
Congressional Research Service
John Graham
The RAND Corporation

Past Administrator, OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Don Elliot
Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Past General Counsel U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Rena Steinzor
University of Maryland School of Law

Past Counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Speakers, left to right:
Rena Steinzor, Curtis Copeland, John Graham, Don Elliot