The Case for Greater Executive Discretion

From: RegBlog | Penn Program on Regulation

In his keynote address at the University of Pennsylvania Law Review’s 2015 Symposium, Cass R. Sunstein challenged the deep-seated suspicion with which many Americans view the executive branch and offered a justification for the role of executive discretion in everyday policymaking.

Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University and former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (2009 to 2012), argued that the executive branch is particularly well-equipped to gather and process information on which to base policy decisions. This capability, he suggested, allows the executive branch to make better informed and more rational policy choices relative to the legislative and judicial branches.

The Federal Data Crisis: Unreliable Federal Databases are Destroying Opportunities for Small Businesses

From: CircleID

By Bruce Levinson

Databases are the infrastructure of the modern administrative state and data is its lifeblood. When the data is contaminated with errors, federal agencies have difficulty performing even the most basic administrative functions such as managing its inventory of office space and protecting the personally identifiable information (PII) of social security number holders. The federal dissemination of unreliable data doesn’t just waste money; it undermines public trust in government and leaves it unmanageable.

The Coming of the Regulatory Budget

From: University of Pennsylvania Law School | RegBlog

by Jim Tozzi

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposed the first regulatory budget proposal and regulatory cost accounting legislation in 1979. Subsequently, a number of Presidents and members of Congress have continued to endorse proposals to create a regulatory budget for the federal government.

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Deliberative Democracy In the Trenches

From: SSRN

Forthcoming, Daedalus, symposium on deliberative democracy/Preliminary Discussion Draft

Cass  R.  Sunstein


Regulatory Watchdogs Call for Oversight Reform

From: Heartland

Tony Corvo

A government watchdog organization is calling for changes to how the federal government handles regulatory oversight 35 years after the creation of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a government agency that oversees all regulations coming out of Washington, DC.


The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE), a nonprofit organization specializing in independent analyses of federal agency regulations and government transparency problems, is drafting recommendations for reforming OIRA.

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