Archive for November, 2015
Identifying Regulations Affecting International Trade and Investment: Better Classification Could Improve Regulatory Cooperation
Daniel Pérez, Policy Analyst
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.
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.
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.