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Democrats fret conflicts of interest within deregulation task forces

Joe Mont | August 9, 2017

A Coalition of Democrats is demanding that Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Neomi Rao defend accusations that deregulatory task forces orders by President Trump and acting in secrecy and rife with conflicts of interest.

Deliberations, they say, are taking place behind closed doors and lacking public input.

The letter draws upon investigative reporting by the New York Times and ProPublica. “We write to express our alarm over the lack of transparency, accountability, and independence of the Regulatory Reform Task Forces.”

The letter specifically cites Executive Order 13777, which established agency task...

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