Identifying the Problem: The First Step in the Regulatory Process

Apr 10, 2014Apr 11, 2014
Russell Senate Office Building SR-385

Event Speakers

Jerry Ellig

Former Senior Research Fellow

The regulatory process consists of many stages, but the essential first step is answering the question “what’s the problem?” A thorough regulatory impact analysis should provide evidence that the regulation addresses a significant, systemic problem and trace that problem back to its root cause. A cursory or faulty analysis of the problem prevents regulators from devising an effective solution and considering realistic alternatives.

Please join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and senior research fellow, Dr. Jerry Ellig, for a Regulation University program focusing on the elements essential to defining the problem and how agencies perform in completing this first essential step.

Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. This event is not open to the general public. Food will be provided. Due to space constraints, please no interns. Questions? Please contact Caitlyn Van Orden, Event Associate, at or (703) 993-4925.