EOP Foundation Seminars - Public Sector

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Custom Course #19 - Regulatory Policy of the United States Government

Regulatory policy and processes are integral to the workings of the Federal government and is always the subject of heated debate regardless of Administration. Regulations are the most widely-used tool employed by the United States Government to facilitate effective government operations and compliance with congressional mandates. As such, it is essential that Federal employees understand why regulations are such an important tool for governance and the policies and processes associated with the Federal regulatory system.

Understanding the Regulatory Policy of the United States Government is designed to educate government executives on how to be more effective and successful in the discharge of their regulatory roles inclusive of analysis, interpretation, development, and implementation. The course is comprehensive and addresses the various roles and responsibilities of all involved in the process. Understanding the Regulatory Policy of the United States will incorporate areas of focus that will include:

  • The relationship of regulations to statutory mandating their development;

  • Regulatory Procedures mandated by OMB and associated presidential orders;

  • The significance of Presidential Regulatory Agendas;

  • Budgetary and Economic Implications of Regulatory Actions;

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA);

  • Appropriate stakeholder participation in the process; and

  • Congressional oversight.

Regulatory Procedures – The course will focus on regulatory review processes and procedures including: agency rulemaking development, planning and public notification, OMB's review of significant rulemakings and their coordination role pre-promulgation.

Changing Policies in Presidential Regulatory Agendas – The course will address Administration's policies on regulation and economic recovery, political implications associated with centralized review and stakeholder involvement, market subsidies, and government implementation.

Budgetary and Economic Implications of Regulatory Actions – This area of focus will focus on pricing federal operations, funded and non-funded mandates, state and local governments, issues raised by the private sector, and appropriate government sensitivity.

Cost-Benefit Analysis – The course will focus on how cost-benefit analysis, principles associated with social benefits of a rule, roles of government's executive management responsibilities to the regulatory system.

Ethics Rules in the Regulatory Process – The course will focus on the Administration's standards governing ethics in government and stakeholder relationships and enforcement policies.

The Regulatory Process during Presidential Transition – The course will address how Administrations communicate their key initiatives and manage leadership transitions impacting implementation of regulatory agendas.

Course Objectives

The primary objective of Understanding the Regulatory Policy of the United States Government is to give government officials the perspective, ICSAs, and understanding of the processes and politics that affect the regulatory process. The course has been developed to insure that course participants comprehend the following outcomes:

  • The differing philosophies of focus, methodology, and scope of regulation;

  • An understanding of the regulatory review process at all levels;

  • Methodology and in-class exercise on employing cost-benefit analysis in the regulatory process;

  • The facts associated with both partisan and institutional in the regulatory process;

  • The statutory role and politics impacts of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the regulatory process as well as informal realities associated with their role in interagency issues; and

  • The role and importance of strict adherence to ethical standards in the regulatory process.

Impact and Scope of Regulation – Participants will have a comprehension of the breadth of the regulatory process, the significance of regulation in the government and private sector, operations, how to evaluate economic impacts and the economy, and the role government executives have in both development and Federal agency compliance with regulations.

The Regulatory Review Process – Executives will have a complete understanding of the constitutional functions of regulatory processes and policies, how policy initiatives affect the regulatory review process, and methods for successful navigation of the regulatory system.

How Cost-benefit Analysis is Utilized – Executives will learn methods and the uses of cost-benefit analysis, how CBA drives the regulatory process, and how a complete understanding of CBA makes participation in the interagency process more effective.

Effect of Changing Politics – Participants will understand how partisan and institutional politics between the Executive Branch, stakeholders, and Congress affect the regulatory outcomes (including the role of CBA), how changing politics can affect their roles as government executives as well as the future implications of recent policy changes.

Role of Office of Management and Budget – Executives will understand the prominent role OMB has in the regulatory review process, the guidelines governing interactions with OMB, and how to successfully network and/or collaborate with OMB within a regulatory framework.

Importance of Ethics – Executives will learn the Obama Administration's ethical guidelines, the rules and standards governing public/private partnerships, and processes for developing ethical standards.