A Discussion on Regulatory Impact Analysis

Jul 28, 2011
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340

Event Speakers

Jerry Ellig

Former Senior Research Fellow

Please join the Mercatus Center’s Capitol Hill Campus and Senior Research Fellow Jerry Ellig for a discussion on the federal regulatory process.

Rules and regulations are one of the few ways, besides taxes, in which the federal government uses private-sector resources to accomplish public goals. If agencies do not fully understand regulation’s likely consequences, they may write regulations that fail to solve social problems or do so at unnecessarily high costs. Because regulation has a profound effect on the U.S. economy, citizens of the United States need high-quality Regulatory Impact Analysis, and agencies should use that analyses in making decisions.

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has a long history of studying and analyzing regulatory policy. Ellig will address questions including:

  • What are the roles of the major government players in the federal regulatory process?
  • What are the main elements of Regulatory Impact Analysis required by executive orders?
  • What is the role of Regulatory Impact Analysis in regulatory decision-making?

Ellig will also share some of the results of the Mercatus Center’s Regulatory Report Card, a tool that evaluates the quality of Regulatory Impact Analysis and the extent to which agencies use it make regulatory decisions. The Report Card identifies best practices in regulatory analysis and highlights opportunities for improvement.

This event is free and open to all congressional, executive branch, and federal agency staff. This event is not open to the general public. Food will be provided. Due to space constraints, please no interns without prior approval. For any questions, please contact Jonathan Barrett at jbarre11@gmu.edu or 703-993-7729