Jim Tozzi

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Jim Tozzi is an American lobbyist, currently the head of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, an industry-supported, for-profit lobbying organization that describes itself as a "regulatory watchdog."[1][2] Formerly, he was a regulatory official of the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB).[3]


Tozzi was instrumental in the passage of the Paperwork Reduction Act and the establishment of the OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in 1980. Under his directorship, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs was the gatekeeper for virtually all proposed regulations dealing with public health and safety.[4][5]

Tozzi was the Deputy Administrator of OMB in charge of the OIRA (and therefore of the regulatory agencies) when he left the organization in 1983 at age 45.[6][7]

Tozzi's role in the DQA was analyzed as a case study in policy entrepreneurship in a National Science Foundation-funded study, "Lobbying and Policymaking: The Public Pursuit of Private Interests", by R. Kenneth Godwin, Scott Ainsworth and Erik K. Godwin.[8] The article "Policy Entrepreneurs: The Power of Audacity" published by RegBlog, an online publication of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, discussed Tozzi's work on both the PRA and the DQA as examples of policy entrepreneurship.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Tozzi resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his main office in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. He is currently working on many projects, including nationwide medical marijuana legalization.[10]


  1. ^ "Jim Tozzi" (PDF). thecre.com. Federal Times. November 11, 2002.
  2. ^ "Paralysis by Analysis". Washington Monthly. Archived from the original on 2015-01-31. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  3. ^ "OMB Regulatory Officials". thecre.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  4. ^ Olson, Erik. "The Quiet Shift of Power" (PDF). thecre.com.
  5. ^ Behr, Peter. "If there is a new rule, Jim Tozzi has read it" (PDF). thecre.com. Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Profile" (PDF). thecre.com. May 1982.
  7. ^ Kirschten, Dick (June 11, 1983). "Focus: The 20 Years War" (PDF). thecre.com. The National Journal.
  8. ^ "Lobbying and Policymaking - SAGE Publications Inc". www.cqpress.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  9. ^ Review, The Regulatory (21 May 2013). "Policy Entrepreneurs: The Power of Audacity - The Regulatory Review". upenn.edu. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  10. ^ Bailey, Eric (18 July 2005). "Activist Enlists Unlikely Ally in Bid to Legalize Pot". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 March 2018.

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