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Modernizing Regulatory Review Actions

In April 2023, the White House issued Executive Order 14094 “Modernizing Regulatory Review” and proposed updates for the documents guiding benefit-cost analysis and economic discount rates for regulations (Circular A-4) and spending (Circular A-94) across federal agencies. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is working to implement these much-anticipated changes, which comprise the most significant regulatory policy initiatives of the Biden administration and raise interesting benefit-cost analysis issues, including the appropriate discount rate, who has standing in a benefit-cost analysis, and how distributional impacts should be measured.

As these actions develop throughout the upcoming year, the Regulatory Studies Center will be covering these actions extensively through engaging events, public comments, insightful commentaries and op-eds, and podcast discussions with our experts.

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Economically Significant Final Rules Published by Presidential Year

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Understanding the Demand-Side of an Illegal Market: Prohibition of Menthol Cigarettes

Working paper considers unintended consequences of the FDA's proposed ban on menthol cigarettes.

A Lookback at the Law: How Congress Uses the CRA

How the Congressional Review Act works and how Congress uses it.

Summary: Discussing Applications of Generative AI to Rule Development and Evaluation

In a wide-ranging discussion, breakout session participants highlighted potential risks and benefits of AI tools, particularly for the public commenting process

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