Understanding the Federal Regulatory process is not easy.  There are hundreds of books written about it and thousands of scholarly publications hoping to make sense of it.  Additionally, the process is dynamic in the sense that regulation often depends on the actors charged with enforcing it so the process changes as bureaucratic positions rotate. 

Trying to get a grasp of it is certainly daunting.  This is why we created the RSEC Knowledge Database.  We have spent years studying the evolution of the regulatory landscape and working closely with those individuals involved in developing and enforcing regulation so that we can obtain a clear vision of how the Federal regulatory process currently operates.  We continually try to translate this knowledge we have obtained into plain language so that anyone can understand it.  We believe that the more transparency and participation there is in the regulatory process, the better our rules that govern society will be.

In addition to the content generated by our team of regulatory experts, we have compiled various resources that over the years we have found useful in better understanding how the regulatory process has come to be.  All of this work is freely available and accessible on the Internet, but we have compiled our own, handpicked selection here.

At RSEC, we translate our knowledge of the regulatory policy not only into plain language so that anyone can understand it, but also into tools so that those involved in creating regulatory policy can make better policy.  One of the most critical tools that RSEC believes every policymaker, both legislative and regulatory, should use when formulating policy is Best Available Science and Metrics for Evaluating Scientific Claims.  This important policy tool helps quantify what we mean when we say something like, “The Science says X, so we should do Y”.  It gives the policymaker a sense of how reliable and mature scientific information is so that they can appropriately use it to inform their decisions during policy development. 

The RSEC team wants only to assist individuals and organizations that want to improve regulatory policymaking.  In this light, we work with regulatory leaders and policymakers to determine the kinds of tools needed to make better regulatory policy.  While we offer a number of varied tools that are shown here, we also pride ourselves in being able to develop customized tools to meet our clients’ needs.

Please feel free to browse, learn, and importantly, provide us feedback about how we can continue to improve our resources and tools.




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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.


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