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Name: Jim Tozzi
Date registered: December 21, 2011

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  1. 2015 Regulators’ Budget: Economic Forms of Regulation on the Rise — July 28, 2014
  2. Regulation by Stealth: Time to Re-Examine Federal Agencies — July 23, 2014
  3. Red Tapeworm 2014: When Regulations Get Delayed — July 18, 2014
  4. “the precautionary principle is internally unworkable” — July 15, 2014
  5. Senate Confirms Donovan as Next White House Budget Director — July 11, 2014

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2015 Regulators’ Budget: Economic Forms of Regulation on the Rise

From: Regulatory Studies Center/George Washington University

By Susan E. Dudley & Melinda Warren

2015 Regulators’ Budget

Economic Forms of Regulation on the Rise

An Analysis of the U.S. Budget for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015

Executive Summary

This report tracks the portion of the Budget of the United States devoted to developing and enforcing federal regulations.  It presents the President’s requested budget outlays in fiscal year (FY) 2015, as well as estimated outlays for FY 2014 as reported in the Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2015 (Budget).  It also provides data on annual outlays from fiscal year 1960 to the present.  This “regulators’ budget” reflects the on-budget costs of regulation, and does not provide information on regulations’ benefits nor the full costs of regulations to society.  Nevertheless, the time-series data presented here offer useful insights into the growth and changing composition of regulation over the last half-century.


Regulation by Stealth: Time to Re-Examine Federal Agencies

From: McClatchy-Tribune via Mercatus Center/George Mason University

By John D. Graham , James Broughel

In recent weeks, President Barack Obama announced plans to use executive authority to implement immigration reforms in absence of cooperation from Congress. House Speaker John A. Boehner also announced plans to initiate a lawsuit designed to check the president’s power to take unilateral executive actions. Given this tension, it’s a good time to consider how exactly the executive branch is able to implement policy without congressional consent.


Red Tapeworm 2014: When Regulations Get Delayed

From: Competitive Enterprise Institute

By Wayne Crews

This is Part 17 of a series taking a walk through some sections of  Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State (2014 Edition)

I tend to think bureaucratic regulation often creates tremendous harm, so it’s interesting when those who disagree decide to hold off on regulation when it suits them.


“the precautionary principle is internally unworkable”

Editor’s Note:  The authors highlight an essential point about the “precautionary” principle, it creates unwarranted risk.

From: RegBlog/University of Pennsylvania

Regulatory Science and the TTIP




Senate Confirms Donovan as Next White House Budget Director

Editor’s Note: For a discussion of OMB’s role in overseeing one of Director Donovan’s most distinguished accomplishments at HUD, please see here.

From: The Wall Street Journal

By Damian Paletta

WASHINGTON—The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Shaun Donovan as the next director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, moving the Obama administration’s top housing official into a role with broad regulatory and fiscal responsibilities.



Sunstein: It is possible for government to be too open

Editor’s Note: Madison was right, achieving the public good needs to be a higher priority for government officials than satisfying public curiousity.

From: Bloomberg View via The Salt Lake Tribune

By Cass R. Sunstein

Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and John Cornyn of Texas, leaders of the Judiciary Committee, have long shown an admirable commitment to open government, and their recent bill to amend the Freedom of Information Act is winning a ton of praise. Some of its reforms make sense, but, unfortunately, its key provision is a horrible idea. By reducing the protection now given to deliberations within the executive branch, it would have a chilling effect on those discussions.


Why Should Regulators Apply Cost-Benefit Analysis to Financial Regulation?

From: RegBlog/University of Pennsylvania

When the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proxy access rule in 2011, it cited the agency’s failure to provide a rigorous cost-benefit analysis. Critics of that court decision argued that it created a burdensome new standard that would destroy the SEC’s ability to issue regulations.


Allow the Wonks to Have a Say on OMB Review of Regulations

Publisher’s Note: The publisher of this website was instrumental in the initiation of centralized regulatory review in the White Office of Management and Budget– its origins having begun in the Johnson Administration and utilized by eight subsequent Presidential Administrations.

A plethora of press articles are coming on line in the last eight hours which cast the OMB review in a non-favorable light. I remind all our readers that the office in OMB, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, consisting of less than four dozen employees out of a million plus federal employees is the only group between an unchecked regulatory bureaucracy and the taxpayers check book.


Regulatory Review for the States

Editor’s Note: Professors Glaeser and Sunstein state that “the modern era of regulatory review began in 1981 when President Reagan issued Executive Order 12291….” However, as OMB explains on their website following a discussion of White House review of agency regulations in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, 


“a benefit/cost analysis should be done of the teaching of Administrative Law”

From: Legal Planet

Does OIRA Live Up To Its Own Standards?

OIRA should conduct a cost-benefit analysis of its own activities and explore alternatives to its current oversight methods.

A White House office called OIRA polices regulations by other agencies in the executive branch. OIRA basically performs the role of a traditional regulator – it issues regulations that bind other agencies, and agencies need OIRA approval before they can issue their own regulations. Essentially, then OIRA regulates agencies like EPA the same way that those agencies regulate industry. Issuing regulatory mandates and permits is a very traditional form of regulation, often called command and control.

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