The Regulation Digest
A weekly compendium of regulatory policy, news and analysis.
"The Regulation Digest is better than an algorithm."
Dr. Roslyn Layton
Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
This Week's Edition
In this issue: Comment period extended for Draft Circular A-4. Good Neighbor Plan finalized for 2015 Ozone NAAQS. Energy Conservation Standards updated for electric motors. Plus, regulation news and commentary for the week.
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Executive Director, Center for the Study of the Administrative State
Previous Editions of Regulation Digest
- May 31, 2023
In this issue: FDA proposes new patient medication guides. FRA wants railroads to certify dispatchers and signal workers on safety requirements. Energy Dept updates loan guarantee provisions for the Inflation Reduction Act. Plus, regulation news and commentary for the week.
- May 24, 2023
In this issue: Education Dept proposes new Gainful Employment rule for improved oversight. EPA supplements its greenhouse gas reporting rule. TSA aims to increase security vetting of surface transportation employees. Plus, regulation news and commentary for the week.
- May 17, 2023
In this issue: EPA standards for fossil fuel-fired power plants. Executive Orders revoke COVID vaccination requirements for federal workers and for international air travel entries to the U.S. REINS Act would subject regulatory actions to Congressional approval. Plus regulatory news and commentary.
- May 10, 2023
In this issue: Title 42 asylum rule ends Thursday along with COVID public health emergency. White House outlines AI risks. NY gas stove ban. Notable actions from DEA, DHS, & FCC. Plus regulatory news and analysis for the week.
- May 3, 2023
In this issue: All eyes on Chevron deference. Battle over debt ceiling heats up. EPA proposes new emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles, and aims to protect tribal waters under CWA. Notable actions from CMS and FSOC. Plus regulatory news and commentary for the week.
- April 26, 2023
Biden signs EOs on environmental justice and access to dependent care. EPA proposes emissions standards for coal- and oil-fired utilities. Notable actions from FTC, HUD, NHTSA and more. Plus regulation news and commentary.
- April 19, 2023
In this issue: @HHSGov proposes protecting reproductive healthcare from legal actions under HIPAA. @IRSnews outlines EV tax credits. @EPA aims to address EtO emissions from commercial sterilization. Plus regulation news & commentary for the week.
- April 12, 2023
In this issue: WH moves to modernize regulatory review. FDA’s science-based drug approvals under threat? Proposed EPA vehicle emissions standards would boost EV transition. Notable actions from CMS and FCC, plus regulation news & commentary for the week.
- April 5, 2023
In this issue: EPA proposes strengthening mercury standards for power plants; TheJusticeDept authorizes home confinement post pandemic. Policymakers weigh a TikTok ban citing national security. Biden signs EO keeping US government out of risky uses of commercial spyware. Plus, regulation news, analysis & commentary for the week.
- March 29, 2023
In this issue: Bank regulators under scrutiny, FDA approves Narcan for over-the-counter sales, IRS implements CHIPS Act credits, diminishing returns of tighter particulate standards. Plus regulatory news, analysis and commentary of the week.
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 analysis, equity in rulemaking, agency 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 Times, The Hill, and Yahoo.
- May 2021
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
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 Journal, The Hill, Forbes, and Government Executive, events with American Economic Association, Federalist Society, and Southern Economic Association, and quotes in popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Federal News Network, Science, Bloomberg, USA Today, and Axios.
- November 2020
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 Journal, New York Times, The Hill, Bloomberg, Forbes, Politico, Reuters, Audubon Magazine, Government Executive, and Law360.
- August 2020
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.