The Evolution of Benefit-Cost Analysis into Federal Rulemaking

Alan Schmid: Founder of the Modern Day Application of Benefit-Cost Analysis to Regulations

Nearly fifty years ago Alan Schmid, a visiting professor working at the Office of the Secretary of the Army, made a game changing announcement to his colleagues in the Systems Analysis Group housed in the Pentagon. Schmid argued that the then use of benefit-cost analysis, which was applied to capital expenditure projects such as dams and waterways, should be extended to federal regulations. The systems analysts in attendance were dumbfounded by the idea of applying benefit-cost analysis to a pile of paper as well as to a pile of concrete. The Schmid announcement is in this compendium: Schmid PPB.

Administrative Conference Appoints New Members

From: Administrative Conference of the United States

Administrative Conference Appoints New Members
Renowned Experts Will Work to Improve the Administrative Process

Washington, D.C., August 3, 2017 – The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) today announced the appointment of 13 new Public Members and 10 new Senior Fellows:

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