Theme #4:Protection of the 'public interest' (constitutional protection of individuals' inherent right to 'due process of law') in an era of expanding international regulatory cooperation depends on the establishment, maintenance and oversight of mutually transparent risk-based best available science ("BAS") and economic cost-benefit-analysis driven government regulatory and technical standards regimes that assure meaningful public participation and input. These regimes must provide public notice and comment mechanisms of sufficient duration prior to agency adoption of final rulemakings, and must offer adequate data/information quality review mechanisms to ensure the validity and reliability of agency and third-party-generated science & technical data/information prior to government dissemination and use of it as the bases for agency decision-making, including economically significant rulemakings and administrative enforcement actions.
On February 14, 2013, during a Google Plus "Fireside", President Obama was quoted as having stated that his administration is "the most transparent [...] in history" (here), (here):
"This is the most transparent administration in history [...] I can document that this is the case...Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law we pass and every rule we implement we put online for everyone to see".
Theme #4 of ITSSD's Programs focuses, in particular, on this administration's record of regulatory science (rule)-based non-transparency discussed in more detail, in the context of the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") and Information Quality Act ("IQA"), as set on the following pages:
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