July 20, 2017
No one is surprised that the Trump administration would issue considerably fewer regulations than the Obama administration.
Today we got not only “Donald J. Trump’s Six Months of America First” media statement, covering energy, the Supreme Court appointment of Neil Gorsuch, government accountability, trade, regulations and the like. We also got the obscure “Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions,” which lists agency priorities. It’s been published twice a year since the Reagan administration. It just happens that the Agenda and the six-month mark happened on the same day.
Early in his administration, Trump prominently declared that 70 percent of regulations “can go,”...
Cooking Up Fewer Regulations: Trump's Significant Proposed Rules Down Over 70 Percent Compared To ObamaJune 9, 2017Ten Thousand Commandments annual regulatory report. Since it emphasizes the final calendar year of Barack Obama's administration, it serves as a benchmark by which President Trump's first year of...
March 28, 2017
Yesterday the White House announced the launch of an Office of American Innovation. This is the latest of several moving and overlapping parts to President Trump's streamlining, swamp-draining, and “deconstructing the administrative state” agenda.
The new Innovation office seeks to bring private sector management expertise, lessons, and methods to the bloat of a federal government that otherwise seeks only to expand, as well as to shore up faltering entities like the Veterans Administration. Were we starting with a blank sheet of paper, we would not maintain the same goals and roles, and perhaps not even keep many of the agencies themselves. But since we are far from a blank sheet, the president’s plans for this new office should be considered carefully in order to be effective.
This new Office of American Innovation has the potential to actually streamline parts of...
February 2, 2017
Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute hosted a Capitol Hill forum on How to Achieve Regulatory Reform in the 115th Congress.
Our guests were Adam J. White (Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution), Richard J. Pierce Jr. (Professor of Law at George Washington University), and Jerry Ellig (Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center); my own remarks follow.
There’s also more advice for Congress on this topic, by the way, in CEI's Free to Prosper: A Pro-Growth Agenda for the 115th Congress...
January 9, 2017
It had been two years since the White House Office of Management and Budget released its annual federal paperwork burden survey, the Information...
December 30, 2016website devoted to the refrain “We Can’t Wait,” loved taunting opponents with the “...
December 16, 2016
November 17, 2016
Well that didn’t him take long.
President Barack Obama’s Federal Register, the daily depository of rules and regulations, added 572 pages today, and stands at 81,640 pages for 2016.
This is the all-time record. Ever.
Obama also held the prior record, 81,405 pages in 2010.
The 80,000 page mark has been passed in only three previous years (2010, 2011, 2015).
The chart below shows the highest 15 Federal Register Federal Register page counts. Note that Obama holds seven of the 10 highest-ever tallies.
Yet nearly a month and a half remain in this record-setting year.
No one knows what the future holds, but at a pace of well over 1,000 pages weekly, the Federal Register could easily top 90,000 pages this...
November 15, 2016
Today’s Federal Register added 572 pages, and stands at 80,562 pages for 2016.
The 80,000 page mark has been passed in only three previous years (2010, 2011, and 2015).
At the moment, that brings the 2016 Register to the third-highest count of all time.
As may be seen in the chart below, the Federal Register is fewer than 1,000 pages away from its all-time high, set back in 2010 by President Obama. Yet a month and a half remain in this record-setting year.
As we noted earlier, the accelerated pace calls for a countdown, such that each time the Obama 2016 Federal Register count notches itself up the Top 15 countdown, we posted a new chart.
November 11, 201679,380 pages.
Today is Veterans Day and the federal government is closed. But before bureaucrats commuted back to the suburbs, they managed to tee up the Monday, November 14 edition.
It appeared this morning....