Mr. Stern’s remarks are his
own, and he is not speaking for or representing OSHA or the EPA Compliance
Assistance Advisory Committee
Edward Stern has worked in the US
Department of Labor for 30 years, as a senior economist and policy/program
analyst. He joined OSHA in 1985 to study regulatory feasibility, costs,
benefits, and impacts. For twelve years, he supervised research and
economic modeling of the costs and benefits of proposed regulations in the
Directorate of Policy. After focusing on the regulatory burdens of small
business, he initiated and coordinated the development of expert systems
to reduce regulatory burden.
He has guided teams of scientists,
engineers, doctors, nurses, systems analysts, and attorneys from OSHA, the
Department of Labor, trade associations, and labor organizations to
develop "Expert Advisors" to transfer agency decision-making
expertise to the public via the Internet.
In CY1999 and 2000, Stern served, part
time, as the spokesperson on this strategy for Vice President Al Gore’s
National Partnership for Reinventing Government. The strategy has been
picked up by DOL, SBA, EPA, INS, and some states.
For CY 2002 to 2004, he is a private
citizen member of the EPA Compliance Assistance Advisory Committee,
appointmented by the Administrator of EPA. He focuses particularly on the
problems of small business.
The OSHA Interactive Expert Advisors
By hundreds of Web reports and
magazine articles of trade associations, professional organizations,
and government agencies, as a break through technology that provides
expert answers, rather than more information.
In 1997, by the Federal Chief
Information Officers Council and Industry Advisory Council as one of
twenty "Best IT Practices in the Federal Government."
In 2000, by the Ford Foundation and
the John F. Kennedy School of Government as a Finalist in the
Innovations in American Government Award competition.
In 2001, by the General Accounting
Office's report on Regulatory Management, for the Senate Government
Affairs Committee, as a model for other agencies.
In 2003, by Deloitte Research as a
model for e-Gov.
Stern has spoken at government,
professional, and industry conferences on this compliance assistance
strategy. He has written for and given interviews to government, business,
IT, and professional magazines on this strategy. He says that his work
depended on the advice and cooperation the National Federation of
Independent Businesses, the National Multi-Housing Council, the Synthetic
and Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, the Small Business
Administration's Office of Advocacy, various unions, and other stakeholder