Regulatory Look-Back—How Agencies Define "Less" to Mean "More"

May 02, 2014May 03, 2014
Rayburn House Office Building B-339

Identifying and navigating the regulatory maze applicable to the production of goods, the provision of services, the use of property, and numerous other activities is a daunting task even for the most experienced legal professional.  At the federal level, presidents from Carter to Obama have issued executive orders directing agencies to review their regulatory stock in order to eliminate duplicate, obsolete and burdensome rules.  What do the results from decades of such efforts tell us?

Please join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Sam Batkins, Director of Regulatory Policy, American Action Forum for a Regulation University program.

This program will:

  • Provide a brief history of presidential regulatory look-back goals and the results;
  • Explore the challenges that the public and legal professionals face in finding and deciphering a federal agency’s look-back plan today;
  • Demonstrate how look-back plans are more useful in identifying how an agency will expand its regulatory stock, rather than how it will reduce or modernize it; and
  • Discuss options for reforming regulatory look-backs

Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

An application to approve one (1) general CLE credit hour for this course is PENDING before the Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Commission. If you are barred in a jurisdiction other than Kentucky, the Mercatus Center will assist you in applying for credit through reciprocity or an individual application.

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.

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