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John Graham Nomination Confirmed


Public Citizen's Comments on OMB's 2001 Draft Report to Congress on the Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulations

Imposing Standardized Cost-Benefit Analysis on Federal Health and Safety Agencies Systematically Overstates Costs and Understates Benefits of Protective Safeguards, and is a Colossal Waste of Time and Resources (August 14, 2001)

HCRA Financial Support
>HCRA Funders
>Graham Letter to Philip Morris Requesting $25,000
>$25,000 Check from PM to Harvard School of Public Health
>PM Memo: Stop Payment on Check to HCRA
>Kraft Foods Letter to Graham on HCRA Fund Raising Efforts

Ties to Big Business
>HCRA Funders
>HCRA Executive Council Members
>HCRA Executive Council Industry Ties
>Society for Risk Analysis Sustaining Members

Working With Philip Morris
>PM Memo: Comment on Letter from Graham
>Copy of $25,000 Check from PM to Harvard SPH
>PM Memo: Monthly Activities Include Meeting with Graham
>PM Memo: Stop Payment on Check to HCRA
>Graham Asks PM to Review Book for Accuracy and Discussed Meetings with Thorne Auchter and Boyden Gray
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Graham Writes PM to ask "that some arrangement can be made with Kraft."
>Graham Thanks Mayada Logue of PM for "efforts to expedite Kraft Foods, Inc. gift of $20,000"
>PM Memo: Discussing Food Safety Legislation with Graham
>Graham Letter to PM Soliciting $50,000 for Risk Symposium

>Graham Letter to Jonathan Wiener on Risk Assessment and Second Hand Smoke
Click  for more Philip Morris
and Kraft Documents


Reports

>Dow Brand Dioxin: Dow Makes You Poison Great Things
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Safeguards at Risk: John Graham and Corporate America's Back Door to the Bush White House

Scholarship
>Risk/Risk Tradeoffs in Pesticide Regulation: Evaluating the Public Health Effects of a Ban on Organophosphate and Carbamate Pesticides
>HCRA Study Finds that Restricting Cell Phones While Driving May be Premature, Benefits May Outweigh Risk; Summary of Study
>New England Journal of Medicine: Association between Cellular-Telephone Calls and Motor Vehicle Collisions
>JAMA: The Cost-
Effectiveness of Air Bags by Seating Position

>Use and Safety of Air Bags Misunderstood
>Airbags’s Teflon Image: A National Survey of Knowledge and Attitudes


Senate Puts Graham on Notice to Protect
Public Health, Safety and the Environment

On July 19 the Senate voted 61 to 37 to confirm Bush nominee John Graham for the obscure but extremely influential government position -- Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In this role, Graham will serve as the nation's regulatory gatekeeper, passing judgment over all major national health, safety, and environmental standards. Over the past decade, Graham has been an ally of the business community and played a leading role opposing strong government safeguards.

Click here for the statement of Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook.

Senate Vote - July 19 Background Opposition Statements and Letters
Philip Morris and Kraft Documents Testimony Graham in the News

Background
John Graham and Phony Numbers (July 19, 2001)

John Graham’s Distortions: Study Was Used By Him to Mislead Congress & the Media About the Cost of Health, Safety and Environmental Regulation
(July 18, 2001)


John Graham and OSHA Regulation of Hexavalent Chromium (July 18, 2001)

The John Graham Nomination: Public Citizen’s Rebuttal to "Who Is Professor John D. Graham? A Scholarly Response to Public Citizen" (July 18, 2001)

Graham’s Nomination To Head OMB-OIRA Threatens Health, Safety and Environmental Safeguards (July 18, 2001)

Background on the John Graham Nomination (Updated July 13, 2001)

Industry Ally John Graham is Wrong Choice to Be Nation’s Regulatory Gatekeeper (May 17, 2001)

Public Citizen Report - Safeguards at Risk: John Graham and Corporate America's Back Door to the Bush White House (March 12, 2001)
- Letter to Sen. Fred Thompson, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, Regarding the Safeguards at Risk Report (March 13, 2001)

OMB Watch Analysis of OIRA: Assurances Needed for Transparency, Accountability at OIRA (May 5, 2001)

OMB Watch Summary of Concerns with John Graham
(May 5, 2001)

Opposition Statements and Letters

Statement of Public Citizen President Joan ClaybrookSenate Puts Graham on Notice to Protect Public Health, Safety and the Environment (July 20, 2001)

Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook Responds to Phineas Fiske's Column: Graham Puts Corporate Profits Before Human and Environmental Concerns

(July 12, 2001)

U.S. PIRG Urges the Senate to Oppose Dr. John Graham as Head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (June 13, 2001)

The Global Safe Food Alliance Writes in Opposition to the Graham Nomination
(June 12, 2001)

National Organizations Opposing John D. Graham (May 30, 2001)

Sen. Joe Lieberman Votes Against Graham; Believes Nominee Would Weaken Environment, Health and Safety Protections (May 23, 2001)

AFSCME Opposes the Graham Nomination in Letter to Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (May 21, 2001)

Former Federal Regulators Raise Concerns About Graham
(May 17, 2001)

AFL-CIO Letter to Sen. Fred Thompson, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, Opposing the Graham Nomination (May 17, 2001)

OMB Watch Letter to Sen. Fred Thompson, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, Opposing the Graham Nomination (May 16, 2001)

National Environmental Trust: Graham Nomination Threatens Environmental Protections (May 15, 2001)

Natural Resources Defense Council Letter to Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Criticizing Graham's Anti-Regulatory Record (May 15, 2001)

Natural Resources Defense Council Press Release Opposing Graham
(March 8, 2001)

32 Scholars Oppose Graham and Raise Conflict of Interest Concerns
(May 17, 2001)

UAW Letter to Sen. Fred Thompson, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, Opposing the Graham Nomination (May 11, 2001)

Senate Dear Colleague Letter from Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.): Why the Nomination of John Graham as Administrator of OMB/OIRA Should be Opposed
(May 10, 2001)

Harvard University Faculty Opposed to Graham Nomination (May 10, 2001)

53 Scholars and Academics Write the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Opposing the Graham Nomination (May 9, 2001)

National Organizations Make the Case Against John Graham to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (April 12, 2001)

Center for Science in the Public Interest Writes President Bush Criticizing Graham's Strong Ties to Industry (March 7, 2001)

Testimony

Statement of Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook on the John Graham Nomination to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (May 16, 2001)

Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Thompson Criticized for Refusing Witnesses Opposed to Graham
(May 15, 2001)

Testimony of Professor Lisa Heinzerling, Georgetown University Law Center, Concerning the Nomination of John Graham (May 10, 2001)


Graham in the News

Washington Post: Overseer of the Rules for OMB (July 31, 2001)

Los Angeles Times: Don't Put the Fox in Charge of the Hens (July 19, 2001)

Washington Post: Graham Flunks the Cost-Benefit Test (July 16, 2001)

Washington Post: Toxic Chemical Review Process Faulted; Scientists on EPA Advisory Panels Often Have Conflicts of Interest, GAO Says (July 16, 2001)

Newsday: Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook Responds to Phineas Fiske's Column: Graham Puts Corporate Profits Before Human and Environmental Concerns
(July 12, 2001)

Tom Paine.com: Harvard University's Gift to the Nation: Goodbye to Meddlesome Health, Environment, and Workplace Safety Rules (June 1, 2001)

Plastics News: Bush’s OIRA Appointee Graham Could Lend Clout to Plastics

(
May 7, 2001)

Washington Post: Nominee's Business Ties Criticized (May 15, 2001)

Washington Post: Dioxin Report by EPA on Hold (April 12, 2001)

New York Times: Regulations Czar Prefers New Path (March 25, 2001)

Boston Globe: Nominee’s Funding At Issue; Critics of Harvard Risk Analysis See Ties to Industry (March 18, 2001)


Charleston Gazette: Expert Panel Backs EPA Dioxin Study (October 1, 1995)


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