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Archive for October, 2008

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post several items addressing how the presidential election and the pending change in administrations will affect federal agencies.

Today, the Washington Post has a nice piece on how the Bush Administration is seeking to push through several 11th hour regulatory (or rather, deregulatory) initiatives during the last days of the administration.

What effects might these initiatives have on the next administration?  How permanent are they?

UPDATE: President-elect Obama’s transition team is already considering how it may undo several Bush Administration policies.  The Washington Post reports today that Obama’s team has identified over 200 items to reverse, including several key Executive Orders and the federal EPA’s refusal to allow the state of California to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

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Last year, the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission refused to bring an antritrust investigation against Intel even though regulatory agencies in other countries found that Intel violated their antitrust laws.  There are a number of interesting administrative law issues here.

Here’s a chance to earn some participation credit towards your grade.  Copy and paste any passages from the article that address issues we’ve discussed in class, then post your analysis.  Please choose one salient issue.  You may address the same issue as previous posters if you would like to supplement or disagree with that person’s analysis.

UPDATE: Thanks to Jennifer Wong for alerting us in Comment 7 to the FTC’s change of heart.  New FTC Chairman William Kovacic authorized a formal investigation in June 2008.  Nevertheless, it will probably take the FTC some time to determine whether to bring formal charges.

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Regulations.gov

As the book notes in today’s readings, the E-Government Act of 2002 established a federal web site, www.regulations.gov, to allow the public to track rulemaking proceedings by federal agencies.  I recommend doing a few searches and getting a flavor for the notices posted by various agencies and particularly the public comments submitted in response.

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From the “Government is Good” blog:

Ask yourself this question: “What has government done for me lately?”  If you are like most Americans, you will probably answer: “Not much.”  Surveys show that 52% of Americans believe that “government programs have not really helped me and my family.”  But let’s see if that is really true.  Let’s examine a typical day in the life of an average middle-class American and try to identify some of the ways that government improves that person’s life during that 24-hour period.

http://www.governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=1

The post goes on to explain how government regulation affects nearly every aspect of our daily lives.  I posted this last year in class and got some interesting responses.  Do you agree?  Disagree? There is a raging ideological battle right now given the financial crisis whether the government regulates too much or not enough.  Where do you stand?

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