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  1. Public Comment on the CPSC’s Proposed Rule: Safety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws [Download]

    Title: Public Comment on the CPSC’s Proposed Rule: Safety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws
    Author: Miller, Sofie E.
    Description: The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center improves regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach. As part of its mission, the Center conducts careful and independent analyses to assess rulemaking proposals from the perspective of the public interest. This comment on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s proposed rule establishing performance standards for table saws does not represent the views of any particular affected party or special interest, but is designed to evaluate the effect of CPSC’s proposal on overall consumer welfare. Table saws, a category which includes bench, cabinet, and contractor saws, caused an estimated 54,800 blade-contact injuries in 2015. As a result, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that there is an unnecessary risk of blade injuries from table saws, and is proposing a standard to limit this risk by requiring table saw manufacturers to “meet a performance requirement for table saws that limits the depth of a cut to the specified test probe, upon making contact with the saw blade at an approach rate of 1.0m/s, to 3.5 mm.”
    Keywords: Regulation, Administrative Law, Economic Analysis, Public Interest, Public Policy, Regulatory Studies , Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 09/13/2017
  2. Public Comment on DOE’s Request for Information on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs [Download]

    Title: Public Comment on DOE’s Request for Information on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs
    Author: Miller, Sofie E.
    Description: The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center improves regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach. As part of its mission, the Center conducts careful and independent analyses to assess regulatory actions from the perspective of the public interest. This comment on the Department of Energy’s request for information on reducing regulatory burdens does not represent the views of any particular affected party or special interest, but is designed to improve DOE rulemakings and enhance DOE’s retrospective review efforts.This comment addresses four of DOE’s questions for commenters: (1) How can DOE best promote meaningful regulatory cost reduction while achieving its regulatory objectives, and how can it best identify those rules that might be modified, streamlined, or repealed? (2) What factors should DOE consider in selecting and prioritizing rules and reporting requirements for reform? (3) How can DOE best obtain and consider accurate, objective information and data about the costs, burdens, and benefits of existing regulations? Are there existing sources of data DOE can use to evaluate the post-promulgation effects of regulations over time? We invite interested parties to provide data that may be in their possession that documents the costs, burdens, and benefits of existing requirements. … (9) Are there regulations, reporting requirements, or regulatory processes that are unnecessarily complicated or could be streamlined to achieve statutory obligations in more efficient ways?
    Keywords: Regulation, Economic Analysis, Public Interest , Public Policy, Administrative Law, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 09/28/2017
  3. Steps to Increase Competition and Better Inform Consumers and Workers to Support Continued Growth of the American Economy [Download]

    Title: Steps to Increase Competition and Better Inform Consumers and Workers to Support Continued Growth of the American Economy
    Author: Miller, Sofie E.
    Description: This comment in response to President Obama’s Executive Order 13725 provides recommendations to the National Economic Council on how agencies can reduce regulatory barriers to competition and improve outcomes for American consumers. Since the formation of the U.S. federal regulatory system, regulations have had a significant influence on marketplace competition. Regulations often seek to improve competition by restraining monopolies; others tend to reduce competition by establishing one-size-fits-all standards for consumer products or acting as nontariff barriers limiting competition from foreign trade partners.
    Keywords: Regulation, Administrative Law, Economic Analysis, Public Interest, Public Policy, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 10/04/2017