The GW Regulatory Studies Center scholars regularly conduct applied research to understand regulatory policy and practice from a public interest perspective. Our content often takes the form of public interest comments, formal testimony, working papers, policy insights, and short commentaries analyzing the most pressing issues in regulatory policy. View the rest of our material by the different types of publications listed on this page or our research areas.

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What We Publish

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Public Comments & Testimonies

Scholarly analysis of the potential effects of particular rulemakings from federal agencies, and advice to Congress on how to improve the rulemaking process.


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Commentaries & Insights

Short-form publications intended for all audiences which provide easy to access analysis of regulatory policy.

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Books & Reports

Formal publications, often completed with other leading organizations and individuals, providing a thorough understanding of regulations and the rulemaking process.

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The weekly Regulation Digest contains everything you need to know about regulatory policy today, and our monthly Center Update gives you all of the latest from our team.


For accessible charts and supporting data that you can use in your own publications or presentations, visit the Reg Stats page.


Latest Publications 

FMCSA Hours of Service for Trucking Industry

FMCSA is proposing a rule that would supplement and reinforce federal hours of service requirements in several ways.

EPA’s Unmeasurable Rule: Inadequate Analysis Obstructs Public Accountability

When outcomes and assumptions are both self-contradictory and unmeasurable, it is difficult for the agency and the public to assess a policy's effects.

EPA's GHG Emissions from Electric Utility Generating Units

The proposed rule would establish new standards of performance for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal- and natural gas-fired power plants, or electric generating units (EGUs).

EPA's Standards of Performance for Heaters

EPA proposes to amend the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters and expand them to include types of wood-burning appliances not covered by the existing standards, which were set in 1988.

EPA’s Wood Stove Analysis is Smoke & Mirrors

Flawed analysis misses influence of uncertainty

NHTSA's Safety Standards for Child Restraint Systems-Side Impact Protection

This public interest comment on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s proposed rule setting side-impact requirements for child restraint systems is part of a new project to evaluate how well agencies are preparing for retrospective review and analysis of regulations.

Retrospective Review: Do Agencies’ Proposals Measure Up?

As part of our continuing focus on retrospective review of regulations, the GW Regulatory Studies Center is commencing a new initiative, the Retrospective Review Comment Project. Through this project, we will examine significant proposed regulations to assess whether they include plans for conducting retrospective review, and submit comments to provide suggestions on how best to incorporate plans for retrospective review when new regulations are issued.

A Flash Judgment

Flash Boys, the latest book from Michael Lewis (author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, etc.), is a nonfictional account of the development of high-frequency trading (HFT) in U.S. equity markets, and of Brad Katsuyama’s quest to reform the system by creating a new trading platform, IEX, designed to resist the most damaging HFT strategies.

Measuring the Impact of Public Comments

How much affect on the substance of agency regulations do public comments have?

NLRB's Representation Case Procedures

In this NPRM, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) proposes to amend existing rules governing the procedures by which representation cases are conducted.