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Name: Jim Tozzi
Date registered: December 21, 2011

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  1. If Trump wants to dismantle Obama’s EPA rules, here are all the obstacles he’ll face — December 8, 2016
  2. New U.S. Research Policy Board would aim to slash regulatory paperwork — December 2, 2016
  3. Leon Billings, Environmental Entrepreneur — November 17, 2016
  4. A Disciplined Regulatory Initiative: Announcing that the Data Quality Act is Judicially Reviewable — November 14, 2016
  5. Improving the Administrative Process: A Report to the President-Elect of the United States — November 8, 2016

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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. 


Fall 2016 Projects (ACUS Update)

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

by Emily Bremer

This fall, the Administrative Conference’s committees are working on a full slate of projects targeted for completion at the 66th Plenary Session, which will be held in December 2016.  These projects include: (1) The Ombudsman in Federal Agencies; (2) Informal Agency Adjudication; (3) Public-Private Partnerships; (4) Self-Represented Parties in Administrative Hearings; and (5) Social Security Administration Federal Courts Analysis.  A description and summary of all information available about each of these projects is provided below.


How Should “Administrative Law” Be Taught Today? The Federalist Society Podcast

Editor’s Note: See, CRE’s letter to the ABA here and see the meeting Agenda of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar which includes CRE’s recommendation.  

From: The Federalist Society

Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast

Featuring Adam J. White, Jim Tozzi, Daniel Farber,Kristin Hickman

October 13, 2016

Listen to Podcast here

The growing role of the administrative agencies in American government is mirrored by a growing role of administrative law in legal education. The trend is exemplified by many law schools’ introduction of “Legislation and Regulation” (or “Leg-Reg”) as a first-year course.


A New President Needs a New Red Tape Agenda

From: Inside Sources


Federal regulators issue thousands of rules and regulations every year. Decrees range from the Environmental Protection Agency’s gargantuan Clean Power Plan and “Waters of the United States” directives, down to regulations on breath mint serving sizes and multivitamins with selenium being treated as toxic waste.


The Reagan order required that the benefits of new major regulations outweigh the costs. The order also formalized White House Office of Management and Budget “audit” responsibilities. Today, that basic process still exists, but subsequent executive orders “reaffirm(ed) the primacy of Federal agencies in the regulatory decision-making process” — in other words, weakening central White House review. A new president could restore that authority and boost OMB’s oversight resources.

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