Penn Program on Regulation

Senate Bill Would Codify Benefit-Cost Analysis and Add Guidance Procedures

Senator Collins proposes legislation to require cost-benefit analysis of new regulation and additional steps for issuing certain non-binding guidance documents.

Davos World Economic Forum Focuses on Transparency

Davos World Economic Forum generates support for government transparency, but divides remain over private sector transparency

Federal Courts Split on Constitutionality of Individual Mandate in Health Care Law

Federal Courts Split on Constitutionality of Individual Mandate in Health Care Law

Two district courts uphold insurance mandate, but two other courts find it unconstitutional

Obama’s Order: Equity and Regulatory Analysis

Obama’s Order: Equity and Regulatory Analysis

President Obama’s new Executive Order stresses analysis of equity issues in rulemaking, in addition to calling for a review of existing regulation

State of the Union and Responses Highlight Key Differences Over Regulation

President Obama and Republican leaders debate health care, environmental regulation, and other regulatory issues. In different ways, both sides seek to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses.

PPR CO-SPONSORS WHARTON WORKSHOP ON THIRD PARTY AUDITING

On November 18, 2010, the Wharton Risk Management Center, in collaboration with the Penn Program on Regulation, hosted a workshop on the Roles for Third Parties in Improving Implementation of EPA’s and OSHA’s Regulations on the Management of Low-Probability, High-Consequence Process Safety Risks.  The day-long workshop brought researchers together with government officials, industry experts, and representatives from… Read More »

FALL 2010 RECAP: RISK REGULATION SEMINAR SERIES

The Penn Program on Regulation concluded its Fall 2010 Risk Regulation seminar series last Tuesday, November 16th.  That day, two directors of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Cecilia Yen Koo Professor Howard Kunreuther (Co-Director) and Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan (Managing Director) discussed their paper Overcoming Myopia: Learning From the BP Oil Spill and… Read More »

Penn Program on Regulation Welcomes New Regulation Fellow

Penn Program on Regulation Welcomes New Regulation Fellow

The Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) recently welcomed Chris Carrigan to the University of Pennsylvania Law School as its first Regulation Fellow.  Carrigan comes to PPR from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in public policy.  His research focuses on the politics of regulation and the impacts of organizational… Read More »

ANOTHER REGULATORY MILESTONE: THE FEDERAL REGISTER ACT TURNS 75

July 26, 2010, will mark the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Register Act (44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), which created the federal government’s daily “newspaper” of record, the Federal Register. In light of the recent major legislative overhauls of the health care and financial systems, noting the establishment of the Federal Register as… Read More »

Murkowski Resolution Fails, But EPA Climate Change Regulation Still at Risk

Murkowski Resolution Fails, But EPA Climate Change Regulation Still at Risk

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate rejected, by a vote of 47-53, Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) resolution to disapprove the EPA’s climate change "endangerment finding" under the Clean Air Act.  Given that passage of such a disapproval resolution under the Congressional Review Act would have stymied all future EPA climate change regulation, today’s vote will be viewed as a victory… Read More »

Is the Mine Safety and Health Administration Up to the Task?

Is the Mine Safety and Health Administration Up to the Task?

In the wake of the disaster on April 5, 2010, at the Upper Big Branch Mine, much attention has been given to how the mining industry has been regulated and whether those regulations are effective.   Although in response to the disaster the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reacted forcefully with internal investigations and… Read More »

CPSC & HUD Issue Guidance on Imported Drywall

CPSC & HUD Issue Guidance on Imported Drywall

On April 2, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced further staff investigation and an interim guidance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on reactive, sulfur-releasing drywall used in homes across America.  The sulfur released by this drywall has been associated with extensive corrosion to electrical wiring and metal pipes.  The CPSC’s preliminary analysis… Read More »