Improving the Regulatory Process Throughout its Life Cycle: Nine Recommendations to a New Administration

August, 2008

This paper sets out a life cycle view of the regulatory process with suggested changes for the near and longer term. The life cycle begins with the strategic goals that government hopes to achieve, continues through several steps to the implementation and monitoring the effects of a regulation, and continues to evolve over time. A total of nine distinct recommendations are presented, along with their purpose, background, reasons for adoption, and challenges to implementation.