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The adequacy of the RIS is then assessed by the OBPR. The regulatory agency must also prepare a one page summary of the RIS, which must be approved by the OBPR as a fair, balanced and accurate summary of the RIS.
3 The decision-making stage--The RIS, the OBPR's assessment of the adequacy of the RIS and the one-page summary of the RIS are then presented to the decision-maker prior to the decision being made.
The RIS approved by the OBPR will recommend an option.
Any changes to the RIS intended for publication need to be approved by the OBPR. (107)
The strength of the federal government RIA requirements as an accountability measure is that they are mandatory and compliance with them is assessed, and reported on, by the OBPR. That is, whenever a government department or agency makes regulation, they are required to comply with the RIA requirements and the OBPR makes the judgment about whether those requirements are triggered and whether they are complied with.
Apart from the OBPR, there are a number of other bodies that effectively regulate the regulators.
The case seems compelling in relation to those bodies, such as the OBPR, the Ombuds man and the Auditor-General, that only have roles in relation to other government authorities.
Ah Inspector-General of Regulation could ensure accountability in relation to systemic regulatory issues, as envisaged by Uhrig, but it could also take over the roles currently performed by the OBPR, the Ombudsman and, possibly, the Auditor-General.
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