Regulatory Boot Camp for Policy Advisors: A Special Regulation University Program

Apr 01, 2015
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center – HVC 201 A&B

Event Speakers

Richard Williams

Senior Affiliated Scholar

Donald J. Boudreaux

Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Hester Peirce

Former Senior Research Fellow

Dino Falaschetti

Senior Research Fellow

Patrick McLaughlin

Senior Research Fellow

Regulation and rulemaking is an integral part of every public policy field, from health care and education to government procurement and entitlement program management. Whether one works in a personal, committee or leadership office, it is important to know why and how the regulatory system controls the substance of federal law.

As part of our Regulation University educational series, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to Regulatory Boot Camp, a special program for policy advisors featuring distinguished constitutional, economic and legal scholars with extensive knowledge of regulation and rulemaking.

This program will examine the ways in which regulation affects our nation’s economy and people, and what type of reforms can improve regulatory policymaking to benefit both individual well-being and national economic growth. Join us for an intellectually challenging program that will enhance your understanding of how regulation and regulatory reform matter to your work and the constituents you serve.

8:00 – 8:45 AM


8:45 – 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Richard Williams, Vice President for Policy Research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Opening Keynote Address

Matt Spalding, Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C.

9:30 – 10:30 AM

PANEL I: Regulation – Effects on the Economy

Don Boudreaux, Senior Fellow with the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Doug Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D., President, American Action Forum

Moderator: William Beach, Chief Economist, Senate Committee on the Budget

10:30 – 10:45 AM


10:45 – 11:45 AM

PANEL II: Regulation – Effects on People

Hester Peirce, Director of Financial Markets Working Group at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Dino Falaschetti, Director of Outreach for Financial and Economic Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Moderator: Michael Franc, Director of Washington, DC Programs, Hoover Institution

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Luncheon & Presentation: Legal Procedures – Effects on Rulemaking and Regulation

Boyden Gray & Associates

1:00 – 2:00 PM

PANEL III: Reform – The Path Forward

Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Jeffrey A. Rosen, Senior Litigation Partner and Regulatory Lawyer, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Moderator: Daniel Flores, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, House Committee on the Judiciary

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Wrap-Up Roundtable

Perspectives on how reforms could shape the future of regulation and regulatory policymaking

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. This event is not open to the general public. Breakfast fare and lunch will be provided. Due to space constraints, this program is not open to interns.

Questions? Please contact Caitlyn Van Orden at or 703-993-4925.