Regulation Czar: Low Profile, Big Influence

Cass Sunstein, one of the new President's friends and advisers since Obama's days at the University of Chicago, has landed one of the most powerful jobs in Washington—but one that is little known outside the Beltway. As director of the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), he will review every major regulation promulgated by any federal agency, from clean air to airline safety. He will have the authority to wave through or block any new rule, giving him enormous influence over the shape of federal regulation.

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