Council of Independent Regulatory Agencies

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A council for leaders in independent regulatory agencies, CIRA's goal is to provide a forum to discuss issues common to these agencies.  Because independent regulatory agencies are subject to limited OMB oversight, they have limited mechanisms for sharing information and solving common administrative problems.

Past CIRA meetings have addressed issues of common interest, such as the use of cost-benefit analysis by independent regulatory agencies, international regulatory cooperation, best practices under the Government in the Sunshine Act, and agency practices for dissents in rulemakings.


In the image above, President Ronald Reagan is addressing agency chairmen at the White House during the initial CIRA meeting on April 16, 1982.



  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Federal Communications Commission

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

  • Federal Election Commission

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • Federal Housing Finance Agency

  • Federal Maritime Commission

  • Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission

  • Federal Reserve Board

  • Federal Trade Commission

  • U.S. International Trade Commission

  • Merit Systems Protection Board

  • National Labor Relations Board

  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  • Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

  • Postal Regulatory Commission

  • Securities and Exchange Commission

  • Surface Transportation Board