The Report of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) on the Oversight of Federal Databases

Editor’s Note: The damage to businesses from the federal government’s dysfunctional are extensive, see Federal Data Crisis: Unreliable Federal Databases are Destroying Opportunities for Small Businesses

ACUS, at its recent plenary session, released a report titled Agency Information Dissemination in the Internet ERA. The report is the first step in informing federal agencies and the public of the need to exercise oversight over some of the 200,000 databases published on federal websites—content stored away in the darkest corners of the regulatory state.

Speaker Ryan to call for major regulatory reforms

From: The Hill

By Tim Devaney

“Congress should also consider a first-ever regulatory budget that would place limits on the amount of regulatory costs federal agencies can impose each year,” the Republicans wrote.

“Once the budget limit is reached, the agency could not enact or issue any more regulations,” they added.

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“Chevron Bias” and the Administrative State: ABA AdLaw Section Event on 6/15

From: Notice & Comment | A Blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice

Chris Walker

The ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice has a terrific debate coming up on the evening of June 15th between Philip Hamburger and David Vladeck, with Judge Randolph moderating. You can register here. And here are the details:


Wednesday, June 15, 2016 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

American Bar Association

1050 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 570, Washington, DC (Farragut North Metro)

Congress Enacts Infrastructure Reform, but Implementation Lags

From: RegBlog

Business groups have led a growing movement to remedy the huge delays and uncertainties that plague infrastructure projects. The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness highlighted the issue in a 2011 report, prompting the Obama Administration to launch an interagency initiative that includes an online Federal Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard.


Under the new law, 13 federal agencies, plus the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality, will constitute a Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, chaired by a presidentially appointed executive director. By December, this group must develop generic performance schedules for each category of project. These schedules are to be reviewed and revised every two years. Further, no decision involved in a review can take longer than 180 days after the agency possesses the necessary information for assessment.

Why the historic deal to expand US chemical regulation matters

From: Nature

A rare bipartisan compromise endorsed by industry and the White House will give the US government new authority to ensure that chemicals are safe.

Jeff Tollefson


What comes next?

After the bill is enacted, the EPA will draw up rules for its new review process, which includes determining the fees that companies will need to pay to submit chemicals for government review. The legislation allows the agency to collect up to US$25 million per year in fees to supplement its budget for chemical regulation, which is intended to cover roughly one-quarter of the total programme cost.