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Name: Jim Tozzi
Date registered: December 21, 2011

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  1. This Could Be the Moment for Rolling Back Regulators’ ‘Soft Despotism’ — January 11, 2017
  2. Government regulation doesn’t have to stay stuck in the 20th century — January 4, 2017
  3. One Cabinet Post Trump Needs To Get Right — December 12, 2016
  4. If Trump wants to dismantle Obama’s EPA rules, here are all the obstacles he’ll face — December 8, 2016
  5. New U.S. Research Policy Board would aim to slash regulatory paperwork — December 2, 2016

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This Could Be the Moment for Rolling Back Regulators’ ‘Soft Despotism’

From: Forbes

Henry I. Miller


That’s bad enough, but often regulators don’t bother to go through the arduous, regimented, required rulemaking process; instead, they make policy by issuing documents variously called “guidance” or “points to consider.” Sometimes policies become evident only from agencies’ decisions to prosecute real or imagined transgressions of its regulations, or from the two extremes of inaction or excessive regulatory zeal.



Government regulation doesn’t have to stay stuck in the 20th century

Editor’s Note: The tool for enhancing and streamlining effective public participation in the regulatory process is the Interactive Public Docket. For an example of how an IPD changed a federal regulatory decision, please see the Kratom Policy Forum

From: The Hill

How much does it cost our government to wade through public comments across its vast network of regulatory agencies?



One Cabinet Post Trump Needs To Get Right

Editor’s Note: Within OMB is the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the cockpit of the regulatory state. See, OIRA Options for the Trump Administration here.

From: Daily Caller | Opinion

Andrew F. Quinlan

Media and political pundits are understandably focused on battles over who President-elect Trump will appoint to serve in high-profile Cabinet positions such as Secretary of State. Yet one of the most critical appointments he will have to make will be his selection to head the less glamorous Office of Management and Budget (OMB).


If Trump wants to dismantle Obama’s EPA rules, here are all the obstacles he’ll face

Editor’s Note: See, OIRA Options for the Trump Administration.

From: Vox


Jody Freeman

OIRA is the location in the White House where they oversee agency rulemaking. This office oversees the methodology that agencies use to count up costs and benefits for new rules. That can be changed with the stroke of a pen. And it sounds weedy, but it’s the kind of thing that can make it harder to issue new regulations.



New U.S. Research Policy Board would aim to slash regulatory paperwork

From: Science

By Jeffrey Mervis


The academies’ committee, chaired by University of Texas in Austin President Emeritus Larry Faulkner, had the ear of an influential legislator, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who requested the study. And Alexander made sure its report wasn’t buried. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Alexander was also a key negotiator in hammering out agreements between the Senate and the House of Representatives on the Cures bill unveiled last Friday. And he inserted a five-page section of his own bill creating the research board into the broader legislation.


Leon Billings, Environmental Entrepreneur

Editor’s Note: For an appreciation of Leon Billings’s accomplishments, see here.

From: The Baltimore Sun

Leon G. Billings, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates from Montgomery County who was a key author of the federal Clean Air Act and other landmark environmental laws, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn., after suffering a stroke while visiting family. He was 78.

Born in Montana, Mr. Billings moved to Washington in 1962 and had a 50-year career in politics and public policy. As the first staff director of the Senate Environment subcommittee, he was a primary author of the 1970 Clean Air Act, one of the most influential environmental laws in U.S. history and a foundation for current air pollution laws.


A Disciplined Regulatory Initiative: Announcing that the Data Quality Act is Judicially Reviewable

Editor’s Note: The Publisher’s Note below is cross-posted from OIRA Watch.

The Data Quality Act (DQA), aka the Information Quality Act, allows members of the public to file citizen petitions to obtain corrections of inaccurate information disseminated by federal agencies. Consequently the DQA provides a means for the public to obtain corrections in press releases, reports and regulations issued by federal agencies. In essence the DQA merely requires that federal agencies tell the truth.


Improving the Administrative Process: A Report to the President-Elect of the United States

From: American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice via Yale Notice & Comment

by Emily Bremer

The ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice has just released its 2016 Report to the President-Elect on Improving the Administrative Process.  In keeping with its practice in previous election years, the Section has delivered the report to the transition teams of the two major party candidates for President.




• Oversight and Improvement of the Rulemaking Process

  • First, use effective regulatory planning mechanisms.


Obama administration releases “Housing Development Toolkit” to lower barriers to new housing

Editor’s Note: The Housing Development Toolkit is available here.

From: The Architects Newspaper


The White House has published the “Housing Development Toolkit” in a bid to allow cities meet housing demands. The paper derides the current zoning laws and red tape that stand in the way of authorities building housing, thus leading to economic inequality and high rents that take a toll on the U.S. economy.

Advocating increased density (which will mean more tall buildings), faster paths to construction, and fewer zoning barriers, the toolkit will not be welcome among NIMBY protestors. However, developers, mayors, and builders may think differently. The paper outlines “actions that states and local jurisdictions have taken to promote healthy, responsive, affordable, high-opportunity housing markets,” including:


The Administration’s Report on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

From: The White House

by Ed Felton and Terah Lyons

Summary: A new report from the Administration focuses on the opportunities, considerations, and challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Under President Obama’s leadership, America continues to be the world’s most innovative country, with the greatest potential to develop the industries of the future and harness science and technology to help address important challenges. Over the past 8 years, President Obama has relentlessly focused on building U.S. capacity in science and technology. This Thursday, President Obama will host the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh to imagine the Nation and the world in 50 years and beyond, and to explore America’s potential to advance towards the frontiers that will make the world healthier, more prosperous, more equitable, and more secure. 

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