May 18, 2017

Observations Worth Additional Vetting

In a meeting sponsored by the Federalist Society on May 17, 2017 Professor David Vladek of Georgetown University law school made two observations:

(1)  That there is no need for the REINS Act given the Congressional Review Act, and

(2)  That the Reagan Executive Order 12291, which instituted government-wide centralized regulatory review is, along with the APA, one of the two most influential documents of the regulatory state. (N. B. Centralized Regulatory Review began in the Nixon Administration, was given statutory support by Carter[Paperwork Reduction Act] and went government-wide[Reagan])

Observation (1) above is significant to those concerned that the passage of the REINS Act will make it even more difficult for the Congress to ever address annual budgets and the national debt.  It should be noted by students of the administrative state that budget decisions do effect the size of the administrative state because if you do not want a lot regulations do not hire a lot of regulators.

With respect to Observation (2), it raises the question as to what should be the sequel to establishing centralized regulatory review as a means for controlling or reducing the size of the administrative state? One mechanism is to continue to add procedural constraints on regulators, another is to fully implement the Data Quality Act and a regulatory budget prior to adding  additional procedural constraints.

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