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The Increasing Relevance of a Formerly Little-Noticed Agency

The Increasing Relevance of a Formerly Little-Noticed Agency

It has been nearly four years since enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA; Public Law 110-314), landmark legislation to enhance the authority and resources of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and nearly one year since enactment of HR 2715 (Public Law 112-28), legislation to "fix" some of the problems inherent in CPSIA. In that time, the CPSC has gone from a little-noticed agency to one that is in the thick of things, promulgating Read more [...]
Good for Worker Safety…What’s OSHA’s Excuse?

Good for Worker Safety…What’s OSHA’s Excuse?

In his comments on the recent publication of the final rule modernizing the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), Dr. David Michaels, head of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),  said that workers not only have a “right to know” the chemical hazards confronting them in the workplace, but with the changes to HCS, now have the ability to understand these hazards and how to address them.  If a worker’s “right to understand” hazards is Read more [...]
Congressional Review Act: Great Idea, Limited Success

Congressional Review Act: Great Idea, Limited Success

The Congressional Review Act (Public Law 104-121), enacted in 1996 as part of the "Contract with America," allows Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies. In addition, the law provides a mechanism whereby Congress can overrule a regulation by passage of a joint resolution. Measures of disapproval cannot be filibustered in the Senate, so they can be cleared with simple majority votes in each chamber of Congress. Read more [...]
Jobs, Jobs, Who’s Got the Jobs?

Jobs, Jobs, Who’s Got the Jobs?

As Congress prepares to return from its summer recess and President Obama rolls up his sleeves after a vacation in Martha's Vineyard, there is one question on people's minds. What are they going to do about JOBS? Without a doubt, Americans remain very concerned about the nation's current economic conditions and jobs (or lack thereof). And they are looking to Washington for leadership, not continued bipartisan sniping. While the private sector will, as it always has, lead the renewed Read more [...]
The president “has no clothes?”

The president “has no clothes?”

We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the emperor and his new clothes, right? He was swindled by two weavers into believing that his new suit is made of fabric that is invisible to those who are stupid. And so the emperor, wearing this new suit, goes out among his subjects, until one young boy cries out that he has no clothes. Well, isn’t that what is happening in the current debate about renewable energy? The president correctly advocates the production of renewable Read more [...]
Regulatory Reform is the Watchword

Regulatory Reform is the Watchword

As the economy begins to recover and businesses start to plan for growth, all eyes are on Washington and the prospects for regulatory reform. The time and costs of understanding and complying with a myriad of regulatory requirements imposed by a numerous federal agencies is frustrating for industry, and American businesses are looking to Congress for answers. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, federal agencies promulgated 43 major new regulations, with several others in the works going into FY 2011. In December, Read more [...]