Tight Budgets Constrain Some Regulatory Agencies, But Not All

budget outlays over time

by Susan E. Dudley, Director & Melinda Warren

October 08, 2014

Published in Regulation Magazine, Fall 2014

Each year we examine the President’s proposed Budget of the United States to identify the outlays and staffing devoted to developing and enforcing federal regulations. This "regulators' budget" report covers agencies whose regulations primarily affect private-sector activities, and expressly excludes budget and staffing associated with regulations that govern taxation, entitlement, procurement, subsidy, and credit functions. This year's report finds that while tight budgets are constraining regulatory spending at many federal agencies, those that are at least partially funded by fees on the entities they regulate are supporting substantial increases in regulatory outlays and staffing.

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