Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Interpretive Rules Are Missing Piece in Regulatory Reform Debate

Interpretive Rules Study 04-2016Regulatory reform has garnered significant attention lately, both in Congress and on the campaign trail. Republican nominees for president each have released plans to tackle regulatory overreach, while congressional Republicans have advanced a variety of reform
bills.

Much of the attention to this issue is driven by research finding an increase in the overall federal regulatory burden. In arriving at this conclusion, researchers have used different
measures of regulatory activity. Some have looked to the number of pages published in the Federal Register.

Others have considered the number of major rules promulgated in recent years or the total costs of regulations as a monetary sum.  Most scholars recognize that none of these measures are perfect, given the wide disparity in effects different sorts of rules have and the disparate reasons that agencies publish in the Federal Register…(Read more)

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