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The Regulation Digest
A weekly compendium of regulatory policy, news and analysis.


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"The Regulation Digest is better than an algorithm."

Dr. Roslyn Layton
Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute


This Week's Edition

Read the latest issue to learn how the Department of the Interior plans new limits on methane leaks and flares in oil and gas production, Food and Drug Administration aims for better food supply chain traceability, and a new study on the costs of compliance by National Bureau of Economic Research. Notable actions by USDA, FERC, EPA and TSA. Plus the full rundown of regulation news & commentary over the past week from New York Times, Axios, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Adam White
Executive Director, Center for the Study of the Administrative State

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Previous Editions of Regulation Digest

November 16, 2022

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Read the latest issue for details on the collapse of crypto exchange network FTX, nations gather for COP27 summit, EPA seeks to further reduce methane emissions, and OIRA’s November 17 public engagement session. Notable actions by SEC, DOT, and DOD. Plus the full rundown of regulation news & commentary over the past week from New York Times, Axios, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

November 9, 2022

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Read the latest issue for details on the November 17 public engagement session with the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Federal Trade Commission proposal to crack down on junk fees and deceptive product and service reviews, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons.

Plus the full rundown of regulation news & commentary over the past week from New York Times, Axios, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

November 2, 2022

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Read the latest issue for details on the Federal Railroad Administration's extended comment period on Train Crew Size Safety Requirements, and the Department of Education's proposed rules for student Pell Grant eligibility and Student Loan Borrower Defense to Repayment. Commentary on Environment-Sustainability & Governance (ESG) regulations.

Plus the full rundown of regulation news over the past week from New York Times, Axios, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

October 26, 2022

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Read about the White House proclamation recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Notable actions by DOT, FTC, Federal Reserve, Department of Energy, and Department of Education. Commentary on the funding mechanism for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Plus the full rundown of regulation news over the past week from New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

October 19, 2022

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Read about the White House's Executive Order 14087 directing HHS to test new health care payment and delivery models. USDA confirms final rule on its Rural eConnectivity Program. Notable actions by EPA, USDA, and FCC. Commentary on Kroger-Albertsons merger.

Plus the full rundown of regulation news over the past week from New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Hill, Government Executive, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

October 12, 2022

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Read about the Department of Labor's proposed rule for reclassifying certain independent contractors as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Find out more about the final rule issued by the Federal Aviation Administration on flight attendant rest period requirements. See commentary and analysis on Biden's order pardoning offenses for simple marijuana possession. Notable actions by EPA, USDA, and FCC.

Plus the full rundown of regulation news over the past week from New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Hill, Government Executive, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

October 5, 2022

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Read on for analysis of the Senate committee hearing on confirmation of Biden's nominee for OIRA Administrator, Richard Revesz, proposed rule from USDA on "healthy" food labeling standards, and commentary on cryptocurrency regulation. Notable actions by HHS, FAA, USPTO, and Treasury.

Plus regulation news from New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Hill, Government Executive, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

September 28, 2022

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Read on for details of the September 29 Senate committee hearing on confirmation of Biden's nominee for OIRA Administrator, Richard Revesz, draft guidance from DOE on Clean Hydrogen Production Standards, and commentary on the 5th Circuit's Texas social media law decision. Notable actions by the FAA, DOL, FDA, CMS, and USCIS.

Plus regulation news from New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Hill, Government Executive, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

September 21, 2022

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Read about EO 14081 coordinating a whole-of-government approach to advance biotechnology and biomanufacturing, CFIUS and evolving national security risks, and DOL’s new performance indicators serving employers. Notable actions by FCC, DOT, HHS, and Commerce.

Plus regulation news from New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Hill, Government Executive, Reuters, Bloomberg, and more.

September 14, 2022

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Read on for details on the narrowing of the ‘Public Charge’ immigration rule by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. Treasury warns the White House on crypto regulation. Notable actions by the Federal Election Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Internal Revenue Service.

Plus news from New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Hill, Government Executive, and Bloomberg.

 

The Regulatory Studies Center Update

A monthly(ish) collection of working papers, events, op-eds and insights.
 

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This update featured a Minnesota Law Review Article by Bridget Dooling and Laura Stanley: Extending Pandemic Flexibilities for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment.

Susan Dudley co-authored an op-ed with Sally Katzen for RealClear Policy, "Senators Working Across the Aisle for Better Regulation."

There are also insights by Zhoudan Xie on regulatory uncertainty, Daniel Pérez on a recent draft ACUS report to improve the Congressional Review Act, Bridget Dooling on the Benefits of Rowdy Bureacracy and the OSHA vaccine mandate, and Laura Stanley on interim-final rules. Plus commentaries by our graduate students Timberley Thompson and Dylan Desjardins on distributional language in executive orders and a new report by the OECD on agile regulation.

Previous Editions of the Regulatory Studies Center Update

 

July 2021

This update features a recent report by co-authored by Steve Balla and Bridget Dooling Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments, for the Administrative Conference of the United States. Dooling and Balla also joined Susan Dudley on the GW Trachtenberg School's summer conversation series to discuss the report and more: Mass, Bots, and Fake Comments on Rulemaking.

The update also includes research by Tara Sinclair and Zhoudan Xie on Sentiment and Uncertainty about Regulation, Mark Febrizio and Kekai Liu on The Frequency of Regulatory Suspensions in the 21st Century, commentary on President Biden's executive order on competition, distributional effects in regulatory impact analysisequity in rulemakingagency guidance documents, and antitrust enforcement.

Also featured is Bridget Dooling's selection by the Administrative Conference of the United States to work with Rachel Potter from the University of Virginia to study the use of contractors in the rulemaking process.

Plus various op-eds in Slate and Forbes, events with the Regulatory Transparency Project, Case Western University, Women in Government Relations, Environmental Protection Agency, and the ABA's AdLaw Section. Plus quotes in popular media outlets, including the Los Angeles TimesThe Hill, and Yahoo.

May 2021

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This update features our recent report by Bridget Dooling and Laura Stanley Unsupervised Use of Opioid Treatment Medications, which is the second part of our Extending Pandemic Flexibilities for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment project. It also includes a Congressional testimony by Howard Beales, and analysis of the Congressional Review Act by Daniel Pérez, President Biden's actions to undo Trump administration rulemaking by Mark Febrizio, and a report to the Administrative Conference of the United States by Steve Balla and Bridget Dooling.

Also featured is Bridget Dooling's appearance on the GovActually podcast with Princeton University professor Martha Coven to discuss being a part of the Biden Transition Team.

Plus various op-eds in the The Philadelphia Inquirer and Forbes, events with ABA AdLaw Section, Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, Environmental Law Institute, Midwest Political Science Assocation, and the GW Economics Department, and quotes in popular media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Government Executive, Daily Beast, Marketplace, and Axios.

March 2021

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This update features our recent report by Bridget Dooling and Laura Stanley Telemedicine & Initiating Buprenorphine Treatment, which is part of our Extending Pandemic Flexibilities for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment project. It also includes scholarly articles by Susan Dudley on President Biden's early executive actions, Jerry Ellig on surface freight deregulation, and Bridget Dooling on GAO's role in the administrative state and her innovative research on bespoke regulatory review.

There is also an analysis of regulatory sentiment by Zhoudan Xie, a reflection on the year that was 2020 by Mark Febrizioi and Zhoudan Xie, opioid treatment waivers by Laura Stanley, and advice for the Biden-Harris administration from Richard J. Pierce, Jr. and Susan Dudley.

Plus various op-eds in the Wall Street JournalThe HillForbes, and Government Executive, events with American Economic Association, Federalist Society, and Southern Economic Association, and quotes in popular media outlets, including the Wall Street JournalFederal News NetworkScienceBloombergUSA Today, and Axios.

November 2020

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This update features our recent Delivering the Goods event with analysis from STB general counsel Craig Keats and UW-Milwaukee professor James Peoples, and includes scholarly articles by Bridget Dooling on the Administrative Procedure Act, Brian Mannix on the EPA's 50th anniversary, and Aryamala Prasad & Daniel Pérez on the effects of GDPR.

There is also an analysis of FCC spectrum auctions by Gerald Brock, and public interest comments related to immigration policies from DHS by Mark Febrizio, OPM's paid parental leave by Joseph Cordes & Jerry Ellig, and a Section 230 petition by Jerry Ellig.

Plus various commentaries, op-eds, and quotes in popular media outlets, including the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesThe HillBloombergForbesPoliticoReutersAudubon MagazineGovernment Executive, and Law360.

August 2020

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This update includes scholarly articles by Susan Dudley on the durability of OIRA's regulatory oversight, Bridget Dooling on a new concept for independent agency rulemaking called Bespoke Regulatory Review, Jerry Ellig on how to improve economic analysis at federal agencies, and Zhoudan Xie's review of regulations and news coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are also public interest comments on a recent EPA proposal by Brian Mannix and Joe Cordes, a review of the Spring Unified Agenda by Daniel Pérez, and Mark Febrizio provides a full analysis of the Trump Administration's regulatory budget.

Plus various commentaries, op-eds, and quotes in popular media outlets, including the New York Times, The Hill, Bloomberg, Forbes, Politifact, and Vox.