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

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Dr. Roslyn Layton
Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

This Week's Edition

In this issue: EPA finalizes new emissions standards for power plants, amends GHG reporting reqs for petrol & LNG sources. NHTSA adopts new safety standards for light vehicle automatic braking systems. Plus, regulation news and commentary for the week.








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Executive Director, Center for the Study of the Administrative State

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Previous Editions of Regulation Digest

May 8, 2024

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In this issue: It’s raining rules. EPA designates PFAS under Superfund. Non-competes clause rule is finalized. Regulatory Studies Center work on Congressional Review Act spotlighted in WSJ, The Economist, The Hill, Forbes, and ABA AdminLaw conference.

May 1, 2024

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In this issue: DEA to reclassify marijuana. DOT finalizes airline fee transparency and refund rules. Long-awaited clean energy rule for federal buildings is finalized. Plus, regulatory news and commentary for the week.

April 24, 2024

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In this issue: Title IX rules revised. Reactions to the potential TikTok ban. EPA finalizes stricter vehicle emissions standards. SSA updates definition of a public assistance household. Plus regulation news and commentary for the week.

April 17, 2024

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In this issue: ED proposal would implement Biden’s revised student loan forgiveness plan. EPA to review secondary NAAQS standards. IRS issues rule on stock repurchase excise tax. Plus regulation news and commentary for the week.

April 10, 2024

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In this issue: FRA finalizes minimum crew size requirement. OPM final rule reinforces civil service protections. New EPA standards address ethylene oxide emissions. Plus, regulation news and commentary for the week.

April 3, 2024

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In this issue: IMF says climate provisions of Biden’s infrastructure law need a permitting boost. New $20 minimum wage for California fast food workers takes effect. OSHA rule clarifies who can serve as employee rep for walkaround inspections.

March 27, 2024

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In this issue: USDA amends eviction notification for multi-family housing programs. Exec Order advances women’s health research. SSA removes food from In-Kind Support and Maintenance calculations. Plus, regulation news and commentary for the week.

March 20, 2024

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In this issue: EPA finalizes emissions rule for EV transition, bans last type of asbestos still in use. CPSC to examine e-bike injury risk. USDA amends ‘made in the USA’ label rule. Plus, regulation news and commentary for the week.

March 13, 2024

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In this issue: White House unveils FY2025 Budget Request. House passes bill banning Tiktok. House Oversight Committee approves bill centered on ACUS recommendations for improved management of mass comments and computer-generated inputs. DOD finalizes eligibility criteria for its voluntary Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Program.

March 6, 2024

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In this issue: EPA finalizes new standards for ambient air quality and particulate matter. Executive Order protects personal data from countries of concern. Business groups escalate their fight against Department of Labor rule on gig worker pay.


The Regulatory Studies Center Update

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

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Updates from the Regulatory Studies Center for May 2024 include: Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Policy and Practice to Launch Fall 2024. Gift establishes the Beales Regulatory Studies Center Research Fund, supporting applied research on regulation impacts. April was the busiest month on record for big ticket rules.

Previous Editions of the Regulatory Studies Center Update


March 2024

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Regulatory Studies Center to host June 5 forum, Regulation by Enforcement: Blockchain and Crypto. Congress takes action on technology and public commenting. A look-back at the law: How Congress uses the Congressional Review Act. Breakout discussion summaries now available online from "Building on Regulatory Foundations" event.

January 2024

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This update features the announcement of Roger Nober as the Center's new director; a look back at major trends from our 2023 Regulatory Year in Review; Mary Sullivan's public interest comment on the FTC's Proposed Junk Fees Rule; an overview of the Biden Administration's Fall 2023 Unified Agenda; and highlights and photos from our November event exploring emerging challenges and technology in regulatory practice: Building On Regulatory Foundations.

October 2023

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This update includes a joint essay for The Regulatory Review authored by former presidents of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) including RSC's Joseph Cordes and Susan Dudley: Promoting Best Practices for US Regulatory Analysis.

Featured publications include commentary by Sarah Hay on the Congressional Review Act, a public interest comment by Mary Sullivan on Draft FTC-DOJ Merger Guidelines, papers by peer reviewers including Joseph Cordes on the OMB Draft Circular A-4, a working paper by Robert W. Crandall on vertical integration in the communications industry and net neutrality, and a WSJ op-ed by Susan Dudley and W. Kip Viscusi: Biden’s OMB Politicizes Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Recent podcasts highlight topics including the Call for an AM Radio Mandate, Mary Sullivan and Joe Cordes on the Draft FTC-DOJ Merger Guidelines, and Reeve Bull on Building an Evidence-Based System of Regulatory Analysis from the Bottom Up.

August 2023

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The Regulatory Studies Center prepares for a new era as we seek our next Center Director and Research Professor. Founder and director Susan Dudley will continue to be an affiliated scholar and professor in the Trachtenberg School for Public Policy and Public Administration.

In an interview with an MPP alumna, we catch up with Claire Garvin to learn more about her exciting career path in regulatory policy.

A bevy of public interest comments provided input on the OMB Draft Circular A-4 including: