The Regulatory Savvy of Biden’s Early Executive Actions

January 26, 2021

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Just hours after his inauguration, President Joe Biden set in motion a series of executive actions that will shape his regulatory agenda. Taken together, they demonstrate that the incoming administration will be responsive to complaints about the regulatory system it is inheriting while still relying on time-tested and valuable analytical techniques and processes. The result is a savvy, pragmatic set of policies that will help the new administration navigate the tough regulatory choices that lie ahead. How this plays out in practice, is, of course, what we will all be watching to see.

The new administration grabbed headlines with early executive actions on climate, COVID-19 response, racial equity, immigration, and more. But three less heralded Inauguration Day actions are likely to be equally significant for the regulatory system as a whole.