A Seminar on

Regulatory Efficiency:
Is Our Regulatory Process Working?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

For every law that the United States Government has passed since 1976 an average of 19 final rule documents have been published per year. Those interested in policy often focus on the effects of legislation, but a piece of legislation is only as impactful as the regulations that interpret and implement it. Laws generally do not dictate the language of regulations; they instead grant authority to federal regulatory agencies to create the particular rules that govern society. The rules created by agencies through the rulemaking process have a more direct and tangible effect on the American people than laws passed in Congress. In order to ensure policies enacted by Congress are creating the desired benefits for society, in the least burdensome way, a method to measure the efficiency of our regulations and regulatory processes is needed.

This seminar is part of the 2015 Regulatory Science & Engineering Symposia Series, an initiative of the Potomac Institute’s Regulatory Science & Engineering Center. The series is intended to provide a forum to discuss the United States Federal rulemaking process in order to develop a clearer understanding for how it works, the assessment criteria used during it, the impact it has on society, and importantly its effectiveness at changing society's behavior for the better. This seminar will focus on discussing the effectiveness of our current Federal rulemaking process and the necessary steps needed to be taken in order to develop a quantitative, reliable metric for measuring regulatory efficiency. The distinguished panelists will discuss their experiences with the Federal regulatory process and offer insight into what a metric for evaluating regulatory efficiency might look like.


Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 from 12:00PM – 2:00PM


Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200

Arlington, VA 22203


12:00 PM: Welcome & Opening Remarks

                Dr. Charles Mueller – Director, RSEC, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

12:05 PM: Participant Introductions

               Mr. Michael S. Swetnam –CEO & Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

               Ms. Michelle C. Jackson, Esq - Attorney, Venable, LLP

               Dr. Lee Buchanan – President & CEO, Arete Associates

12:10 PM: Panel Discussion

1:30 PM: Question & Answer Session

1:55 PM: Concluding Remarks

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