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Past Event

A discussion of the Office of Management and Budget’s updated benefit-cost guidelines

Co-hosted by the Niskanen Center

Past Event

On Monday, May 22, the Brookings Institution Center on Regulation and Markets and the Niskanen Center jointly hosted a conversation with Richard Revesz, administrator of the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Ted Gayer, president of the Niskanen Center, Zachary Liscow, chief economist of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Connor Raso, senior associate general counsel at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Sanjay Patnaik, director of the Center on Regulation and Markets, provided welcoming remarks and Phil Wallach, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, moderated the discussion on proposed updates to OMB Circulars A-4 and A-94, which guide government benefit-cost analysis. These updates aim to reflect new developments in scientific and economic understanding, given that the current circulars are several decades old, but some may have concerns about the impact of particular proposed changes. In any case, much of the impact will depend on public comment and subsequent implementation by OMB and agencies. The program covered the key issues to be resolved through these processes. This event was a part of the series “Reimagining Modern-day Markets and Regulations” under the Center on Regulation and Markets.

The livestreamed program ran until 3:00 p.m. and the in-person audience was invited to stay until 3:30 p.m. for informal networking. Viewers followed along with the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #OMB and submitted questions using that hashtag or via email to events@brookings.edu.

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Agenda

Welcome and introduction

Panel discussion

Ted Gayer

President - Niskanen Center

Former Executive Vice President - The Brookings Institution

Zachary Liscow

Chief Economist - U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Professor of Law - Yale Law School

Richard L. Revesz

Administrator - Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)

Closing remarks

Ted Gayer

President - Niskanen Center

Former Executive Vice President - The Brookings Institution

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