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WH Regulations Head Cass Sunstein Leaving for Harvard; Jeff Zients Comments

Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein, head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, will leave the government later this month, Politico reports.

Mike Allen reports Sunstein, who joined the White House in 2009, will return to Harvard Law School as a Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and director of the program on behavioral economics and public policy.

Jeff Zients, acting director of the budget office, said in a statement that Sunstein has led several projects that promoted transparency in government including the Open Government Initiative and the Smart Disclosure Initiative.

Sunstein also oversaw the White House’s lookback project, with the goal of streamlining and in some cases eliminating regulations.

According to Zients, that project has generated over $10 billion in savings over five years and has cut down the amount of time spent on paperwork.

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