Improving the Process of Making Rules at Independent Agencies

Joseph P. Mohorovic in The Regulatory Review on January 9, 2017

As a Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), I have found that we could greatly improve the Agency’s functioning by adopting several rulemaking procedures. Some of these procedures, like the publication of a regulatory agenda, are time-honored principles espoused by a long line of executive orders, while others, such as pay-go requirements that force agencies to consider the collective economic costs of their rules, are emerging practices used in other countries. Four key procedural steps could greatly improve rulemaking at CPSC and other independent agencies.

Read this article

He Flew a Drone to Take Photos for a Friend. Now He’s Facing $55K in Government Fines.

Melissa Quinn in The Daily Signal on June 12, 2016

Mical Caterina is addicted.

When the Minnesota man turned 56, he headed to Brainerd International Raceway and raced his Mini Cooper on its road course. With GoPro cameras fastened to the front and back bumpers of his car, he created a video and posted it to YouTube…

Read this article

Single Mom Faces Jail Time After Participating in Facebook Food Group

Joe Khalil in Fox40 on November 4, 2016

A Stockton woman faces an impending trial and potential jail time after she joined a social media community food group, and sold some of the meals she cooked, which county San Joaquin County officials say is against the law…

Read this article

Early Report on ‘Regulatory Relief’

Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed on June 23, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday offered a first glimpse at how it is carrying out the Trump administration’s push to ease federal regulations — and asked for advice on what rules it should eliminate…

Read this article

In S.E.C.’s Streamlined Court, Penalty Exerts a Lasting Grip

Gretchen Morgenson in The New York Times on May 4, 2017

On its face, it seemed like a simple case. Eric D. Wanger, according to regulators, had done things a money manager shouldn’t do…

Read this article

Fixing How FDA Regulates Diagnostic Lab Tests

Roger D. Klein and David A. Hyman in Investor’s Business Daily on June 21, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its intention to begin to regulate a class of medical laboratory tests called laboratory developed tests (LDTs). But before it embarks on new regulatory initiatives, the FDA should fix the significant deficiencies in its oversight of the laboratory tests that are already within its jurisdiction…

Read this article

GM’s Barra applauds Trump for cutting regulations

Keith Laing in The Detroit News on June 19, 2017

General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra applauded President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday for working to reduce the number of regulations that U.S. companies have to comply with to conduct business in the nation…

Read this article

The Tyranny of the Administrative State

John Tierney in The Wall Street Journal on June 9, 2017

Sometimes called the regulatory state or the deep state, it is a government within the government, run by the president and the dozens of federal agencies that assume powers once claimed only by kings.

Read this article