Cheryl Bolen

White House Correspondent, Bloomberg Government

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.

Blog posts

New Government Fear: Bots May Disrupt Regulatory Deliberations

The Trump administration is worried advanced bots could be used to distort the outcome of regulations by sending undetectable, customized comments to agencies, according to a senior regulatory official.

Agencies already are grappling with fake comments, defined as the use of a made-up or improperly used name on a public comment sent to an agency about a particular rule.

Government Reorg Bill OK’d by Panel With Democrats’ Support

A bill that would give President Donald Trump the ability to consolidate government agencies under a fast-track congressional procedure was approved today by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The Reforming Government Act (S. 3137) was approved by voice vote after a compromise amendment drafted by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) was adopted.

In/Site: OIRA Administrator Neomi Rao

On September 25, Bloomberg Government hosted a client-exclusive breakfast with OIRA Administrator Neomi Rao.

Trump Seen Hitting Red Tape Goal Again—By Tilting The Field

Conservative regulatory experts are among those expecting the Trump administration to again say this fall that it’s met its goal of cutting two government regulations for every new one created—though many predict that claim will largely be based, like last year, on smoke and mirrors.

Their hope that President Donald Trump‘s 2017 executive order mandating the one-in, two-out approach would be a powerful force in clearing out decades worth of old rules has been dashed. Still, new rulemaking by agencies has dropped dramatically, which some scholars see as a positive side effect.

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.