Author's details

Name: Jim Tozzi
Date registered: December 21, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Sen. Warner requests update on Data Act financial transparency tools — September 20, 2016
  2. Mitch Daniels: Washington’s Wake-Up Call — September 14, 2016
  3. Obama Announces Nominee for Chairman at ACUS — September 12, 2016
  4. Global Summit on Regulatory Science Will Focus on Nanotechnology Standards and Applications — September 7, 2016
  5. Bipartisan Agreement on More Regulatory Policy and Economics in Law School Curriculum? (AdLaw Bridge Series) — August 22, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Cyber Legislation Will Cost Businesses and Hurt Economy — 1 comment

Author's posts listings


Sen. Warner requests update on Data Act financial transparency tools

From: Augusta Free Press

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) followed up on his request to more than three-dozen federal agencies to provide Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act implementation plans, and requested updated plans from the agencies.

The DATA Act is the 2014 bipartisan federal financial management and transparency legislation authored by Warner and signed into law, which has been described as the most significant open-government initiative since the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 and is the nation’s first open data law.

Read Complete Article


Mitch Daniels: Washington’s Wake-Up Call

From: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Mitch Daniels is the president of Purdue University, a former governor of Indiana, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, and a co-chair of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an op-ed featured in the Wall Street Journal.


When today’s young Americans learn the extent of the debt burden we have left them, they will legitimately question the premises of self-government. When tomorrow’s older Americans finally understand how they have been misled about the nature and the reliability of our fundamental social welfare programs, it may be the last straw breaking the public confidence on which democracy itself depends.


Obama Announces Nominee for Chairman at ACUS

From: Administrative Conference of the United States

Submitted by Abigail Price

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2016 – President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Matthew L. Wiener as Chairman at the Administrative Conference of the United States.  Wiener has been serving as the executive director at the agency since 2012.  As Chairman, he will be responsible for leading the Conference, whose mission is to promote improvements in the efficiency, adequacy, and fairness of the procedures by which federal agencies conduct regulatory programs, administer grants and benefits, and perform related governmental functions.


Global Summit on Regulatory Science Will Focus on Nanotechnology Standards and Applications

From: National Law Review

The 2016 Global Summit on Regulatory Science (GSRS) will be held September 7-9, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland. Each GSRS meeting focuses on an area of regulatory science that would benefit from discussions aimed at identifying future research directions, and this GSRS meeting will focus on nanotechnology standards and applications, building on an October 11, 2015, GSRS workshop.  The 2015 workshop focused on physico-chemical measurements and standards relevant to nanomaterials in the “pristine state” and in complex matrices. This meeting will expand on that focus to include both physico-chemical and biological measurements and standards for specific applications, namely nanomaterial-containing drugs, medical devices, food and food contact materials, and personal care products.  The goals of the meeting are to:


Bipartisan Agreement on More Regulatory Policy and Economics in Law School Curriculum? (AdLaw Bridge Series)

From: Notice & Comment | A Blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice

by Chris Walker


Coincidentally, RegBlog is currently running a fabulous series on innovations in teaching regulatory law. Definitely go check out the series here.

Although I am unsure what this enhanced curriculum would look like, I definitely agree with Farber and Tozzi that there’s a need for reform and that a study by the AALS might well advance the ball. It’s also refreshing to see regulatory scholars and practitioners on the left and right agree on something.


Beyond Administrative Law

From: LegalPlanet | BerkeleyLaw UCLA Law

Law students need to know about more than administrative procedure and judicial review.

Since the days of Felix Frankfurter, the Administrative Law course has been a staple of American law schools.  It’s a great course, but it’s limited.  The same is true of most of the courses on legislation and regulation in the first year, which also focus on how courts interpret statutes and how they review administrative actions.  But a student could emerge from these courses with an A+, yet without understanding the reasons for regulations to exist or how to argue before an administrative agency.  They also wouldn’t learn much about the compliance process, which may well be the stage where lawyers are most active. They may learn about the existence of OIRA (the White House office that reviews agency actions), but not about how cost-benefit analysis really works.  Yet as regulatory lawyers, that’s something they really need to understand.


An Open Letter to the Association American of Law Schools re: Curricula

Editor’s Note: CRE’s complete letter to AALS is available here. Below is an excerpt.  Here is CRE’s letter to the ABA Accreditation Committee


I was pleased to learn that AALS is becoming involved in the review and, hopefully, the updating of law school curricula as described in Penn RegBlog’s Innovations in Regulatory Law series, see http://www.regblog.org/2016/08/15/innovations-in-teaching-regulatory-law/

CRE has always been of the opinion that law schools do a splendid job in teaching attorneys how to win in court but precious little in teaching them how to win before an agency. It is for this reason that we have developed the OIRA Teaching Module, http://www.thecre.com/oira_forum/?p=5363.


Once Skeptical of Executive Power, Obama Has Come to Embrace It

Publisher’s Note: Mr. Appelbaum and Mr Shear of the New York Times have written an epic report on the evolution of the use of Executive Power by the Obama Administration. It states:

In early 2014, the moment was finally ripe. Mr. Obama recruited John D. Podesta, then the head of the Center for American Progress, a liberal research and policy institution, to be his counselor in the White House.

The report also gives insight into the use of the  Executive Powers of the President in the event of a Clinton Presidency.


Regulators’ Budget Report: OIRA Shrinks as Responsibilities Grow

From: Regulatory Studies Center | Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

by Lili Carneglia, Summer Fellow


Decreases in OIRA’s Resources While Rulemaking Increases

Since OIRA was established in the early 1980s, our Regulator’s Budget data reveal that the staff and budget resources allocated to regulatory review have decreased, yet the responsibility for oversight has expanded. While the full-time staff of regulatory agencies has grown 96% since 1981, OIRA staff has declined by 33%. Budget changes for OIRA have also been much lower than for all regulatory agencies since 1981. The total regulators’ budget has multiplied 8 fold while OIRA’s budget is only 1.5 times what it was in 1981. In the coming year, the requested percentage increase in OIRA’s budget is less than half that expected of all regulatory agencies.


Transportation, Energy Projects to Get Climate Reviews

From: Bloomberg/BNA

By Dean Scott

Aug. 2 — The Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies overseeing public lands are to consider how a range of energy projects to be sited there—from mines to oil and gas extraction—might worsen climate change effects under a White House guidance announced Aug. 2.


The guidance doesn’t carry the authority of a federal rule or regulation, the council stressed, but its release was still hailed as a game-changer by environmental groups because it would ensure that climate impacts are integrated into the environmental reviews and assessments required for projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1970.

Older posts «