Cheryl Bolen

Cheryl Bolen is Bloomberg BNA’s White House correspondent, covering the positions of the administration as well as regulatory policy. Bolen earned a master’s degree in Communication: Journalism and Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C., and has covered numerous institutions over her 28 years with the company, including Capitol Hill and the Federal Communications Commission.

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Government Reshuffle Plan Still Lacking in Details, Senators Say

Senators demanded more details about President Donald Trump’s plan to revamp the federal government as an administration official said the White House was looking into carrying out about a third of the recommendations without congressional approval.

“The proposals are at varying degrees of specificity,” said Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The administration’s plan contains about 32 proposals, of which 10 to 12 are under review this summer to determine whether they may be able to be done in whole or in part without legislation, Weichert said.

House Passes Bill Giving White House More Regulatory Oversight

A bill that would expand the administration’s oversight authority to rules issued by most independent regulatory agencies won House passage July 13 by a 230-168 vote.

Parties Split on Trump Plan to Merge Government Agencies

The Trump administration’s plan to reorganize the federal government drew skepticism at a House oversight hearing from Democrats doubtful that the administration has the best interests of the federal workforce in mind, while Republicans praised any move to improve bureaucratic inefficiency.

OMB To Give Agencies New Guidelines for Guidance Docs: Source

The Office of Management and Budget is set to publish as early as this week more specific directions to agencies about issuing guidance documents, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

FCC Must Choose Between Many or Few with Spectrum Rule Change

A proposed rule change before the Federal Communications Commission for spectrum licenses in the 3.5 GHz band presents a clear choice between the needs of the few and the needs of the many—though with some complications.

Manufacturers to Trump: China, Not Amazon, Is Real Postal Issue

While President Donald Trump blames Amazon.com Inc. for the woes of the U.S. Postal Service, there is a very real problem with delivering shipments from China, U.S. manufacturers say.

Overkill to Use Review Act on Nonbinding Guidance, Critics Say

The Senate voted April 18 to overturn nonbinding federal agency guidance using the Congressional Review Act process, a new legislative tactic critics said was needless overkill.

White House Regulation Office Able to Handle Tax Rules Too: Rao

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs can review tax regulations as capably as it reviews the rules of every other executive-branch agency, OIRA Administrator Neomi Rao told Bloomberg Government.

Businesses Now OK With Sue and Settle Strategy to Fight Regs

A controversial legal strategy used previously by environmental advocates to strengthen rules is now being employed by industry groups to weaken them.

Shutdown Sting, Small at Start, Would Grow as Agencies Shutter

The impact of a government shutdown would be felt minimally over the weekend, more on Monday morning, and become more painful with each passing day, according to a former Office of Management and Budget official.