Identifying Regulations Affecting International Trade and Investment: Better Classification Could Improve Regulatory Cooperation

From: Regulatory Studies Center | George Washington University

Daniel Pérez, Policy Analyst


However, as identified by OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), any efforts that “increase regulatory transparency and provide early warnings” contribute to better outcomes in [international regulatory cooperation] IRC. Accordingly, several U.S. initiatives focus on standardizing good regulatory practices (GRP) by engaging its rulemaking agencies in the IRC process. A substantial portion of these efforts is targeted at improving transparency and increasing stakeholder participation via improvements in agencies’ notice -and-comment rulemaking process. Public comment “has been a central element of U.S. regulatory procedure since it was required by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) of 1946.” [Notes omitted]

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OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015

Editor’s Note: The following is presented as part of CRE’s ongoing research and reporting on regulatory analysis around the world. For information on the UK’s centralized regulatory review system, see here.

From: OECD

Regulations need retrospective review

From: The Hill | Congress Blog

By Sofie Miller

There’s an old adage that says, “You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.” Everyone from teachers to businesses routinely evaluate the results of their efforts to see if they’re paying off, so it seems natural that we would expect the federal government to do the same for its regulations. However, that’s rarely the case: While recent efforts have drawn more attention to “retrospective review” of rules, new research shows agencies still have a long way to go.

Presidential Influence over Agency Rulemaking Through Regulatory Review

Editor’s Note: This is a poster child article that demonstrates the need for an OIRA Teaching Module to be available for use in the nation’s leading law schools. OIRA does not have a nationwide constituency capable of defending the important role it plays in the governance of the regulatory state. Informed millennials in schools of law, public policy, public administration, political science and economics could form the basis for such a constituency. It is far more effective to educate students in their formative years as opposed to attempting to re-educate them after they have formed definitive conclusions—particularly when they become employed by both an influential Congressional Committee and as a law clerk for a Senior US District Court Judge.

Finding the Middle Ground in Regulatory Reform

From: RegBlog | Penn Program on Regulation

Over the last five years, politicians have increasingly called for a major overhaul of the regulatory state as a potential solution for jump-starting the economy by freeing up the private sector to create new jobs. A research memorandum released recently by the Administrative Conference of the United States documents how members of Congress have, over the last several sessions, introduced dozens of reform bills, most of which would either strip power away from agencies or impose additional procedural strictures on the rulemaking process.