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Optimizing OMB: Response to The President’s Budget as a Source of Agency Policy Control

August 2017

Citation: 47 ELR 10708

Issue: 8

Author: Ali A. Zaidi

Despite the budget’s existential tie to the administrative state and OMB’s central role in the annual process surrounding the budget—from development to execution, legal literature devotes little attention to either. In her article, Prof. Eloise Pasachoff attempts to reverse this inattentiveness. This Comment adds more completeness by acknowledging context and complexity that the article either misses or minimizes, and offers three global comments regarding: (1) atomization, (2) accountability, and (3) agenda setting.

Ali A. Zaidi is a Senior Advisor to Morrison & Foerster, a Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University, and a nonresident Fellow at Columbia University. Mr. Zaidi formerly served in the Obama Administration, and President Obama appointed Mr. Zaidi to be the Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science at the White House Office of Management and Budget in 2014. The views expressed in this Comment are exclusively the author’s own.

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