Sam Batkins

Sam Batkins is the Director of Regulatory Policy at the American Action Forum. He previously worked the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Legal Reform and the National Taxpayers Union. Batkins received his J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and is a member of the Maryland Bar.

The Constitutional Executive Order on Regulatory Budgets

President Trump’s regulation-trimming executive order will likely survive judicial scrutiny despite potential policy objections.

It Is Premature to Label a Regulatory Budget Unconstitutional

The President’s one-in, two-out executive order may be difficult to implement, but it is not unconstitutional.

President Trump’s Regulatory Vision

How the incoming President might shape his strategy in the regulatory sphere.

Valuing a Ton of Particulate Matter

What is the cost of emitting soot into the atmosphere? The answer is unclear, yet it plays an important role in policymaking.

What Will the Regulatory Landscape Look Like in 2021?

Regulatory priorities and strategies are likely to hold constant in the near future.

Does Extending a Comment Period Equal Regulatory Delay?

Study suggests a link between comment period extensions and delays in final rules.

Predicting Regulatory Delay

New model aims to predict how long it takes rules to be published after they clear OIRA review.

It’s Past Time to Address Regulatory Duplication

The SCRUB Act would help eliminate duplicative rules through retrospective review.

Cost and Benefit Changes During Federal Rulemakings

Data from recent rulemakings do not show that OIRA review systematically lowers estimated benefits and increases estimated costs.

Can a Regulatory Budget Trim Red Tape?

A paperwork budget could gain bipartisan support.

President Obama’s Budget Sets Regulatory Priorities Too

The proposed budget identifies the administration’s regulatory priorities.

What the Unified Agenda Tells Us About Regulation’s Impending Burdens

Unified Agenda of new regulations only tells part of the story.