Author Archives: Bridget C.E. Dooling

Introduction to Book Symposium: Rachel A. Potter’s Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Monday, Aug. 5, 2019@BridgetDooling

This week, we’re hosting a web symposium on Dr. Rachel A. Potter’s new book, Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy (University of Chicago Press). Dr. Potter is an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Prior to her academic career, she worked for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in […]

FDLI Webinar on Regulation of Cannabis-Derived Products

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Friday, Aug. 2, 2019@BridgetDooling

This week I moderated a webinar at the Food & Drug Law Institute (FDLI) on the regulation of cannabis-derived products. This is a product & policy area that’s evolving as I type. Just this week, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote an op-ed acknowledging the consumer “craze” for products with CBD in them and encouraging FDA […]

Two Regulatory Reform Bills Introduced

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Wednesday, May 29, 2019@BridgetDooling

Following up on my post about a Congressional hearing on regulatory reform before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management (RAFM), two new bills were introduced on May 13. Both bills grew out of that hearing (video & written testimony available on the HSGAC website). The Early […]

Wallach on Lessons from the REINS Act

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Thursday, May 9, 2019@BridgetDooling

The REINS Act would have required Congress to approve all new “major” rules before they could go into effect. A significant re-ordering of the regulatory process, it was one of many regulatory reform bills that was introduced but not enacted in the 115th Congress. The REINS Act reflected aspects of a larger movement to strengthen the […]

Upcoming Hearing — From Beginning to End: An Examination of Agencies’ Early Public Engagement and Retrospective Review

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Monday, May 6, 2019@BridgetDooling

Two former OIRA Administrators are testifying tomorrow morning in a hearing that might re-kindle regulatory reform efforts in Congress. As Chris Walker has covered on this blog, the 115th Congress had a flurry of regulatory reform activity, none of which was enacted. This is the first Senate hearing in the 116th to take up regulatory reform.* […]

Upcoming Event: Meet the Author with Dr. Rachel A. Potter

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019@BridgetDooling

In mid-May, the GW Regulatory Studies Center will host UVA Professor Rachel A. Potter to discuss her new book “Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy.” From the University of Chicago Press summary: “With Bending the Rules, Rachel Augustine Potter shows that rulemaking is not the rote administrative activity it is commonly imagined to be but […]

OMB’s “Major” Move on Regs & Guidance

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Monday, Apr. 15, 2019@BridgetDooling

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo on Thursday describing its new approach to its implementation of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Under the CRA, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is required to determine whether agency “rules” are “major.” In this memo, OMB calls for information about economic impacts to inform its […]

My Talk at “Regulatory Change & the Trump Administrative State”

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Monday, Apr. 1, 2019@BridgetDooling

I’m following Professor Aaron Nielson’s (BYU) lead and sharing an abbreviated summary of my remarks from the recent & excellent day-long Yale Journal on Regulation conference on “Regulatory Change & the Trump Administrative State.” I was delighted to be part of the panel on “Changes in Administrative Law in the Executive Branch,” along with Professors […]

Ferrets Ahead? Trump’s Regulatory “Two-for-One” Litigation Moves on to (at least some measure of) Discovery

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019@BridgetDooling

There was a big development in the litigation challenging Trump’s regulatory “two-for-one” executive order last night. As I blogged about earlier, Judge Moss previously dismissed the case for lack of standing on February 26, 2018. Plaintiffs requested the ability to amend their complaint in light of the opinion, which the government did not oppose. That second […]

Shutdown Irregularities

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Monday, Jan. 28, 2019@BridgetDooling

The longest shutdown in the history of the federal government ended yesterday. It lasted 35 days. It was a partial shutdown, but its effects unfold for months, if not longer. While I was trolling around on various .gov websites (dear reader, do I need better hobbies? I think we both know the answer is “no”), […]