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) TesterGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank GOP defeats Schumer bid to delay tax vote MORE (D-Mont.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him How four GOP senators guided a tax-bill victory behind the scenes 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.