Commentaries & Insights

Our Commentaries and Insights are short-form publications intended to distill long-form research and synthesize current policymaking activity into easily understood concepts.


2022 Regulatory Year In Review

Top ten trends in federal agency actions for 2022

Timeline for OIRA Nominees in New Administrations

How long has it taken in the past for incoming presidents to confirm their OIRA administrator?

Will ChatGPT Break Notice and Comment for Regulations?

A new AI tool is making waves and could have an impact on public commenting at regulatory agencies

Biden’s Fall 2022 Unified Agenda

Specific agency actions reflect the Biden administration’s priorities on advancing equity, tackling the climate crisis, and a wide variety of policy areas.

CFIUS and the Pace of Technological Advancement

To keep pace with evolving technology and national security concerns, the scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is expanding

How Should the Court Respond to the Combination of Political Polarity, Legislative Impotence, and Executive Branch Overreach?

Working paper examines how extreme political polarization in the U.S. contributes to degraded effectiveness at all three branches of the federal government.

Regulating Without Purpose

How do we measure success if we don’t know what we’re trying to accomplish? If we don’t know why we are spurred to action, how do we distinguish progress from h

Quantifying the Effects of Humane Society v. Department of Agriculture

This article uses data from two presidential transitions to quantify the number and types of public inspection documents that were withdrawn.

Avoiding Unduly Concentrated Clean Energy Markets

The IRS will need help to avoid unintended adverse effects in implementing the Inflation Reduction Act’s clean energy provisions.

What a Confirmation Hearing Might Reveal

Senate confirmation hearings represent an important check on presidential power: Know what to look for as the hearing unfolds.