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  1. Regulatory Consultation in the United States [Download]

    Title: Regulatory Consultation in the United States
    Author: Dudley, Susan E.
    Description: This paper provides an overview of the U.S. regulatory process to facilitate discussion of stakeholder consultation at the joint Bertelsmann Stiftung and George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center workshop on December 1, 2010. U.S. procedures for developing regulations derive from the U.S. Constitution and the 1946 Administrative Procedure Act (APA). While more recent laws and executive orders provide for additional analytical requirements, review, and consultation, the APA has guided the regulatory process and the role for the public for almost 65 years. This paper summarizes the Constitutional framework and the APA requirements, and then reviews the stages of rulemaking and the role for public consultation at each stage.
    Keywords: Regulation , Working Paper , Public Consultation, Public Policy, Regulatory Studies
    Date Uploaded: 12/14/2017
  2. Improving the Accountability of Federal Regulatory Agencies, Part I: A Review of Government-Wide Efforts [Download]

    Title: Improving the Accountability of Federal Regulatory Agencies, Part I: A Review of Government-Wide Efforts
    Author: Peacock, Marcus
    Description: Policymakers in the United States show persistent interest in improving the accountability of federal regulatory agencies. Before mandating further requirements, Congress and the President should (1) identify government-wide accountability initiatives that were already attempted at regulatory agencies and (2) assess the outcome of those efforts. The relative success or failure of these efforts could help guide the design and implementation of future regulatory reforms. This Regulatory Insight is the first in a series of 3 on this topic. It fulfills the first of these tasks by identifying eight major government-wide accountability initiatives in the United States that were also implemented at regulatory agencies.
    Keywords: Regulation, Working Paper , Politics, Public Policy, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy
    Date Uploaded: 12/12/2017
  3. Evaluation at EPA: Determinants of the Environmental Protection Agency's Capacity to Supply Program Evaluation [Download]

    Title: Evaluation at EPA: Determinants of the Environmental Protection Agency's Capacity to Supply Program Evaluation
    Author: Hart, Nick
    Description: Since the inception of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), considerable emphasis has been placed on the use of prospective policy analysis tools that aim to inform environmental decisions, including cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment. However, compared to the prevalence of ex ante analysis at the EPA to inform decisions, relatively little evaluation of these same environmental policies is conducted after implementation, to inform future policy development or to modify existing policies. This research considered processes and determinants that affect evaluation supply at the EPA. The research relied on archival documents, semi-structured interviews, and case studies of EPA’s ambient air, hazardous waste, and performance partnership programs. Ten key factors were identified across the three case studies that constituted both barriers to and facilitators of evaluation. This research concludes that evaluation has much to offer EPA decision-makers, and efforts to improve evaluation capacity will present organizational learning opportunities that can further support the agency's evidence-building practices, specifically improving the application and use of program evaluation at EPA.
    Keywords: Regulation, Working Paper , Environmental Policy, Public Policy , Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy
    Date Uploaded: 12/12/2017