Obama’s regulatory czar to testify before Senate panel

The White House’s regulatory chief will appear before a Senate panel next week, as lawmakers take up consideration of proposals to reform the federal rule-making system.

Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is slated to testify Tuesday at a hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal programs.

The hearing will focus on “reforms to improve rulemaking, promote transparency, and enhance government accountability,” according to Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterWith vote against Brownback, Democrats abandon religious freedom Democrat Manchin: Pence attacks prove ‘they don't want bipartisanship’ in Trump admin Tester invited the Border Patrol Union’s president to the State of the Union. What does that say to Dreamers?   MORE (D-Mont.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanCommittee chairman aims for House vote on opioid bills by Memorial Day Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March MORE (R-Ohio), who lead the panel.

The regulatory process has been a favorite punching bag of House Republicans, who have introduced several bills meant to tamp down on agencies’ rule-making authority. The Senate has devoted less attention to the system.

Shelanski was confirmed last summer as OIRA’s administrator but has kept a lower public profile than his predecessor, Cass Sunstein.