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
In this issue: Climate summit COP28 features new pledges to reduce emissions. EPA finalizes rule removing methane leaks from oil and gas production. Social cost of carbon updated. EPA seeks quick replacement of all lead pipes in US drinking water systems.
"I recommend everyone subscribe to the Regulation Digest. It's really indispensable."
Executive Director, Center for the Study of the Administrative State
Previous Editions of Regulation Digest
- November 29, 2023
In this issue: NTSB calls for speed limit software in new cars. Comparing the final and draft Circular A-4. Effective date of joint employer status standard pushed back in light of legal challenges. Plus, regulatory news and commentary for the week.
- November 15, 2023
In this issue: OMB releases final Circulars A4 and A94. Jennifer Pahlka on the government 'kludgeocracy.' Regulatory news and commentary for the week.
- November 8, 2023
In this issue: OMB seeks input on draft AI memo to agencies. FCC prepares to reassert Net Neutrality. Forest Service proposes land use exemption for carbon capture & storage. Plus, regulation news & commentary for the week.
- November 1, 2023
In this issue: Biden’s executive order on AI safety. White House releases 2020-2022 Regulatory Cost-Benefit Reports. NLRB finalizes rule for determining joint employer status. Plus regulation news and commentary for the week.
- October 25, 2023
In this issue: States sue Meta over social media harms. Manufacturers release new compliance cost estimates. DHS proposes updates to H–1B visa program. Plus regulation news and commentary for the week.
- October 18, 2023
In this issue: Cameras to be required on passenger train locomotives. New guidelines for federal workplace drug testing. Hedge funds must disclose short selling to SEC. EPA finds health threats from lead pollution of small planes.
- October 11, 2023
In this issue: Treasury rule to make EV rebates instant. EPA finalizes rule on PFAS reporting. ED amends Gainful Employment. The epilogue for OIRA tax review. Plus regulation news and commentary for the week.
- October 4, 2023
In this issue: HHS updates rule on unaccompanied children referred for refugee resettlement. SSA plans to incl SNAP in calc of public income maintenance. Strengthening TANF as a safety net & work program. Plus, regulation news and commentary for the week.
- September 27, 2023
In this issue: Federal agencies prep for looming shutdown. Social cost of carbon gets the whole-of-government approach. FCC aims to bring back Net Neutrality. Biden introduces American Climate Corps. Plus regulation news & commentary for the week.
- September 20, 2023
In this issue: Comments on FTC/DOJ Draft Merger Guidelines. Derailing a Schedule F revival? Improving protections for temporary agricultural workers. Plus, regulatory news and commentary for the week.
The Regulatory Studies Center Update
A monthly(ish) collection of working papers, events, op-eds and insights.
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.
Previous Editions of the Regulatory Studies Center Update
- August 2023
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:
- The Discounting Dilemma and Using Distributional Weights in Circular A-4 Would Encourage Wasteful Rent-Seeking by Brian Mannix
- Simpler, More Transparent Analysis Will Make Circular A-4 More Valuable to the Regulatory Process by Christopher Carrigan & Stuart Shapiro
- OMB Draft Circular A4: Safeguarding Objective and Evidence-Based Principles for Regulatory Impact Analysis by Susan Dudley
- On Draft Circular A4, Behavioral Biases, and Discount Rates by Howard Beales III
- Distributional Weights Should Be Dropped from the Draft Circular A-4 by Mary Sullivan
- June 2023
Center scholars take a deep dive on the White House executive actions for Modernizing Regulatory Review, including our May 9 forum bringing together OIRA Administrators from the Biden, Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations, and experts in regulatory impact analysis at the federal agency level. Explore our coverage and watch videos of the forum.
Welcome new RSC staff and catch up with an MPA alumna who recently started her 'dream job' in regulatory policy with the State of Washington.