By Susan E. Dudley & Melinda Warren
2015 Regulators’ Budget
Economic Forms of Regulation on the Rise
An Analysis of the U.S. Budget for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015
This report tracks the portion of the Budget of the United States devoted to developing and enforcing federal regulations. It presents the President’s requested budget outlays in fiscal year (FY) 2015, as well as estimated outlays for FY 2014 as reported in the Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2015 (Budget). It also provides data on annual outlays from fiscal year 1960 to the present. This “regulators’ budget” reflects the on-budget costs of regulation, and does not provide information on regulations’ benefits nor the full costs of regulations to society. Nevertheless, the time-series data presented here offer useful insights into the growth and changing composition of regulation over the last half-century.