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Name: Jim Tozzi
Date registered: December 21, 2011

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  1. Zika and Pregnancy-Specific Vaccines: Toward Easing the Difficulty — May 20, 2016
  2. The Checkered History of Regulatory Reform Since the APA — May 18, 2016
  3. White House, backers launch $521M Microbiome Initiative — May 17, 2016
  4. How to Get Off to a Strong Start: A Guide for the Next President — May 12, 2016
  5. What Will the Regulatory Landscape Look Like in 2021? — May 11, 2016

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Zika and Pregnancy-Specific Vaccines: Toward Easing the Difficulty

From: Yale Journal of Regulation | Notice & Comment

by Sam Halabi

The CDC announced today that the number of pregnant women in the U.S. infected with the Zika virus has tripled from 48 to 157. The escalation is a reminder of how difficult a public health emergency Zika will be to address given the complex nature of its victims. In my last post, I explained how a Zika vaccine (and vaccines in general) face numerous regulatory obstacles when developed for diseases for which inoculation during pregnancy is the most promising intervention. In this post, I explain why addressing those obstacles is such a significant public health issue.


The Checkered History of Regulatory Reform Since the APA

Editor’s Note: The failure of regulatory reform legislation to tame the regulatory state is further evidence of the need for a Regulatory Budget.

From: The N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy | Volume 19, Issue 1

Stuart Shapiro & Deanna Moran, “The Checkered History of Regulatory Reform Since the APA”


White House, backers launch $521M Microbiome Initiative

From: BioWorld

By Michael Fitzhugh

Heeding growing interest in the sway of tiny microorganisms over human health, climate change and other critical issues, a new National Microbiome Initiative launched by the White House kicked off Friday with a commitment of $121 million in federal dollars and more than $400 million in financial and in-kind contributions from private stakeholders to support interdisciplinary research, platform technology development and new applications in the young field.



How to Get Off to a Strong Start: A Guide for the Next President

From: Government Executive

By Dan Chenok and Alan Howze


To seek answers to these questions, the IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service co-hosted a roundtable earlier this year to discuss how the next administration can get off to a strong and fast start. The Roundtable brought together current and former senior officials from Administrations of both parties, as well as experts from academia, the private and nonprofit sectors. The robust discussion surfaced a number of practical actions that a new administration can take, starting with the transition, to increase the odds of success.


What Will the Regulatory Landscape Look Like in 2021?

Editor’s Note: A Regulatory Budget would change the forecast.

From: RegBlog | Penn Program on Regulation

As RegBlog celebrates its five-year anniversary, what will the regulatory world look like during the next five years? More acrimony, legal and political battles, debate about the role of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)? Yes to all, regardless of which party occupies the White House in 2017.



Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

From: The White House

by Ed Felten

Summary: Today, we’re announcing a new series of workshops and an interagency working group to learn more about the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence.


Like any transformative technology, however, artificial intelligence carries some risk and presents complex policy challenges along several dimensions, from jobs and the economy to safety and regulatory questions. For example, AI will create new jobs while phasing out some old ones—magnifying the importance of programs like TechHire that are preparing our workforce with the skills to get ahead in today’s economy, and tomorrow’s. AI systems can also behave in surprising ways, and we’re increasingly relying on AI to advise decisions and operate physical and virtual machinery—adding to the challenge of predicting and controlling how complex technologies will behave.


The Fiscal Ship

From: The Hutchins Center at Brookings and the Serious Games Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center

About the Game

The Fiscal Ship challenges you to put the federal budget on a sustainable course. Measured as a share of gross domestic product, the federal debt is higher than at any time since the end of World War II and projected to climb to unprecedented levels. America is looking at a permanent, growing mismatch between revenues and spending, and policymakers are faced with difficult decisions about how to reconcile important government priorities—including retirement and health benefits promised to the growing number of old folks—with the tax revenues that the current tax code will yield. Today’s tax code won’t yield enough revenue to pay for basic services of government plus the retirement and health benefits promised to the growing number of old folks. So your mission is to pick from a menu of tax and spending options to reduce the debt from projected levels over the next 25 years. Small changes to spending and taxes won’t suffice. The choices are difficult, but the goal is achievable.


The federal workforce is not too big

From: The Washington Post via Stars & Stripes

By John J. DiIulio Jr. and Paul R. Verkuil


Seventh, there is no evidence that outsourcing federal administrative work saves money. For instance, a 2011 study by the Project on Government Oversight estimated that the contractors were paid roughly twice as much as federal workers would have been paid for the same work.


So here’s hoping that the next debates, town halls and interviews reveal which, if any, candidates for chief executive understand that the federal government became outsized as it became more outsourced — and that, by every measure, today’s full-time federal workforce is overloaded, not bloated.


Here’s How To Fix All That Federal Regulation

From: Bloomberg View via Financial Advisor


Is Warren right to call regulatory capture a “big deal”? In some contexts, she probably is. (Financial regulation, her primary concern, may well be an example.) But overall, the research offers a mixed verdict , and a look at what agencies have actually done raises the possibility that the problem is overstated. As of this writing, the Obama administration has issued 3,825 significant rules.1 Of these, no less than 833 are “economically significant,” meaning that they have had an economic impact of more than $100 million per year. How does that fit with the claim that regulators have been captured by regulated industries? Would captured agencies really issue hundreds of significant regulations per year, imposing billions of dollars in annual regulatory costs?


Why U.S. Economic Leadership Matters

From: Council on Foreign Relations

The Case for U.S. Economic Leadership: A Conversation with Jacob J. Lew

Speaker: Jacob J. Lew, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow For International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations




Fourth, to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis, we must continue to lead efforts to reform the international financial regulatory system. U.S. leadership in this area has already resulted in more rigorous capital standards for banks, greater transparency in the derivatives market, and stronger tools for managing the failure of financial institutions. With many of the critical standard-setting reforms in place, the focus must shift to comprehensive and consistent implementation and close attention to emerging threats.

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