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Center Update | November 12, 2020
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- Jerry Ellig interviews FCC senior economist Evan Kwerel on spectrum auctions and the Nobel Prize in economics.
- Laura Stanley recaps her recent Washington Post op-ed, and comment on a DEA proposal.
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- Mark Febrizio dives into our annual report on federal agency spending and staffing levels.
- Bridget Dooling on the Administrative Procedure Act and the Government Accountability Office's notable role within it.
- Aryamala Prasad & Daniel Pérez find that GDPR has strengthened individual rights to data protection, but it also introduced several obligations for businesses that collect and process personal data.
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- Brian Mannix marks the EPA's 50th anniversary, and offers an old adage for the agency: "Dilution is not the solution to pollution."
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- UW-Milwaukee professor James Peoples analyzes the Staggers Rail Act and Motor Carrier Act and what effect they had on labor.
- Jerry Ellig lays out the deregulatory consensus in surface freight 40 years ago, and how we might find that consensus again today.
- STB general counsel Craig Keats adds some additional remarks following our Delivering the Goods event.
- GW professor emeritus Gerald Brock discusses FCC spectrum auctions and Paul Milgrom & Robert Wilson's Nobel prize.
- GW Trachtenberg alum Hamilton Cota Cruz recently helped implement a significant regulatory policy change in Brazil.
- Zhoudan Xie on the new which should provide the public with a more secure and user-friendly platform and researchers with more efficient functionality.
- DHS lacks data in multiple areas, which prevents it from adequately quantifying the effects of its rule, including benefits and indirect costs. Overall, its analysis does not measure up to the standards outlined in Executive Order 12866.
OPM's Paid Parental Leave By: Joseph Cordes & Jerry Ellig
- OPM’s analysis suggests that paid parental leave could create social benefits, but the only cost would be the associated administrative costs. Both claims cannot simultaneously be true.
Biometrics and Immigration By: Mark Febrizio & Daniel R. Pérez
- The proposed rule would authorize DHS to collect biometrics from a larger population of individuals, to expand the types of biometric information it collects, and to require DNA test results to verify a claimed genetic relationship.
The NTIA and Section 230 By: Jerry Ellig
- In deciding whether to propose a regulation in response to the NTIA petition, the FCC should be fully aware of the analysis required to identify the likely economic effects of the NTIA proposal and other alternatives the FCC may consider.
- "This proposal could drive the department to see how its regulations really work and “find better ways to do what they’re doing,” said Susan Dudley."
- “Not every midnight regulation is improper, but it becomes more troublesome if they are rushed without adequate analysis or review or engagement,” Susan Dudley said."
- "Susan Dudley noted that the rules outlined in Executive Order 12866 require the office to issue what is known as the Unified Agenda, though some have been missed in the past."
- "From now until Inauguration Day, Biden transition’s transition team will be reviewing the Trump administration's regulations and deciding what they want to undo, Susan Dudley said."

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- “Two main hallmarks of a good regulation is sound analysis to support the alternatives chosen and extensive public comment to get broader opinion,” said Susan Dudley. “It is a concern if you are bypassing both of those.”
- "During the upcoming waiting period, Biden...can make use of information from outside groups as well, such as...the Regulatory Studies Center at The George Washington University."
- "Though it’s impossible to know the exact date when the regulatory clock starts ticking until the new Congress is in session, any final actions made after May 19 could be in play, said Daniel Pérez."
- “That reality is due in part to a once obscure law called the Congressional Review Act...a whole generation of staffers has been reminded that this thing exists,” says Bridget Dooling. “They’ve seen the power of it.”
- “Some of the observed uptick in regulations may simply be because the rulemaking process involves multiple steps that take years from initiation to completion, but the higher pace may also reveal a desire to complete regulatory priorities,” Susan Dudley said."
- "Republicans have since used it to reverse 16 rules, 15 of which were from the Obama-era, including discriminatory lending protections and a ban on forced arbitration, according to Daniel Pérez."
- "Whether Democrats would be able to overturn the guidance by invoking their authority under the CRA is an open question," said Bridget Dooling, given the limited track record of previous similar undertakings."
- "Bridget Dooling noted that the “best practices” appear to be non-binding guidance for agencies to consider as they review their policies, “so it's not clear to me from this memo that agencies must implement the actions described in the list.”
- “You have to do the work to explain to the public in detail why the position is changing so much,” said Bridget Dooling. “It’s not trivial, especially for big policy issues.”
- GW Regulatory Studies Center virtual event commemorating the passage of the Staggers Rail and Motor Carrier Acts of 1980.
- Banca d'Italia and Federal Reserve Board Joint Conference featuring Tara Sinclair and Zhoudan Xie.
- National Academy of Public Administration event featuring Susan Dudley.
- Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis event featuring Susan Dudley.
- American university's Washington College of Law event featuring Bridget Dooling.
- Global Cities Forum event featuring Steve Balla.