The State of the Agencies: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Need for Reform
Energy / Regulation

The State of the Agencies: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Need for Reform

Tuesday night, with Speaker Boehner having seemingly mastered the art of the stoic expression, President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address since winning reelection. This performance had been touted by the administration as the capstone, complimentary finish to a two-part series begun with the President’s Inaugural address. These speeches have draped … Continue reading

Sending Mixed Signals Across the Spectrum
Communications / Regulation

Sending Mixed Signals Across the Spectrum

Last week I stacked the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) alongside such descriptors as ‘curmudgeon,’ while analyzing the need for regulatory reform at the agency primarily responsible for overseeing digital and telecommunications in the United States. In a radical shift of the narrative, internet news outlets were a buzz this week with the surprise claim that … Continue reading

Communications / Regulation

“Can you hear me now?” AT&T Carries the Voice of Reform to the FCC

Perhaps no one likes being told that the world has passed them by or that their sun may be setting. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at 78, has recently come under heavy criticism from those who have labeled the organization a curmudgeon that has failed to keep up with technology and is now in the … Continue reading

America / Economy / Fiscal policy

“Wait, the IRS lost?” Regulatory Deference at a Crossroads

Amid the sea of adjectives that flowed over Monday’s second inauguration of President Obama, several television commentators made a pointed observation. Presidential Inaugurations are certainly occasions to celebrate the American constitutional system; however, there is no more demonstrable picture of this country’s enigmatic arrangement than the sight of President Obama taking his oath at the … Continue reading

Now Batting for Dodd-Frank: The State Department steps in to help save the Resource Extraction Rule
America / Dpt. of State / Fiscal policy / Regulation

Now Batting for Dodd-Frank: The State Department steps in to help save the Resource Extraction Rule

Late last week a seldom heard voice echoed throughout the regulatory reform debate forum when the U.S. Department of State openly stood behind the controversial Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ‘Resource Extraction Rule.’ This rule, developed as part of the continuing cavalcade of Dodd-Frank initiatives, went into effect last August with the goal of requiring … Continue reading

Regulation

A Snapshot of Independent Regulatory Agency Agendas for 2013

With the dust settled and the fallout well underway from early January’s fiscal deal to postpone sequestration, the economy’s market participants must also now turn a wary eye toward the agenda of the nation’s top independent regulatory agencies (IRAs). On January 4th Sam Batkins of the American Action Forum noted that initial estimates of the … Continue reading