How Do Regulatory Agencies Implement Laws?

After a law is passed by Congress, how is it put into effect? Most laws give broad grants of authority to administrative agencies. The agency staff research various ways to apply the law and then propose regulations that will effectively enact Congress’ intention. The process can often take years and generate dozens to hundreds of rules for a single law.

Susan Dudley is the Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center.

Susan Dudley

Director, GW Regulatory Studies Center & Distinguished Professor of Practice

Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, George Washington University


Regulatory Process

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