Cass Sunstein: "Simpler: The Future of Government"

President Barack Obama talks with Cass Sunstein, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett on West Executive Avenue between the West Wing of the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, April 7, 2011.  - (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Cass Sunstein, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett on West Executive Avenue between the West Wing of the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, April 7, 2011.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Cass Sunstein: "Simpler: The Future of Government"

Cass Sunstein served as President Barack Obama's "regulatory czar" from 2009 to 2012. Glenn Beck called him "the most dangerous man in America." He describes how the administration is trying to simplify government regulations.

From 2009 to 2012, Cass Sunstein was administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, known as OIRA. As President Obama's "regulatory czar," he oversaw nearly 2,000 new rules, from fuel efficiency standards and the redesign of the food pyramid to health care and Wall Street reform. In a new book, he says efforts to simplify and scale back regulation in the president's first term resulted in net benefits of $91.3 billion dollars in net benefits for the American public. He joins Diane to explain why simplification is the key to the future of government.

Guests

Cass Sunstein

professor at Harvard Law School; director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy; columnist for Bloomberg View; co-author of "Nudge" and former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012.

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From "Simpler" by Cass R. Sunstein. Copyright © 2013 by Cass Sunstein. Excerpted with permission of Simon & Schuster, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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