• On January 26, 2011, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., conducted a hearing titled “The Views of the Administration on Regulatory Reform.” The hearing reviewed a recent Executive Order from President Obama aimed at reducing regulatory burdens in hopes of stimulating job growth. Rep. Stearns noted in his opening remarks that the Order provides an unclear standard of review for determining whether a regulation is overly burdensome, and later observed that several agencies, including the FTC and FCC, are not covered by the Order. Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget, testified that approximately 500 new administrative rules have been promulgated during his tenure. He could not state how many rules will be adopted in order to implement the new health care law. For more information, click here.