Institute for Policy Integrity

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  • News

    Comments to the US Sentencing Commission on Sentencing Guidelines

    July 16, 2012

    Policy Integrity sent our report, Balanced Justice, to United States Sentencing Commission in response to its call for public comments on possible priority issues for forthcoming amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines. The guidelines are used to set a uniform sentencing policy for individuals and organizations convicted of felonies and serious misdemeanors.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to EPA on Adding Flexibility to Greenhouse Gas Rules

    June 25, 2012

    Sadly, the idea that market forces can drive down the cost of public health regulation has lost favor in the past few years. The EPA’s long-delayed, first-ever greenhouse gas standards for new power plants (New Source Performance Standards or NSPS) offers an opportunity to make market mechanisms cool again.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to DOE on Retrospective Review

    June 19, 2012

    Policy Integrity submitted comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) on its plan for periodic retrospective review pursuant to Executive Order 13563, which asks agencies to consider how best to promote retrospective analyses of existing rules. We found that the DOE’s plan could do a better job of updating and expanding regulations to enhance net benefits rather than just minimization of compliance burdens and administrative cost cutting, which the plan largely focuses on.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to ACUS on its 56th Plenary Session

    June 13, 2012

    Policy Integrity submitted comments to ACUS (Administrative Conference of the United States) regarding various proposed recommendations to be considered at its 56th Plenary Session. As an independent federal agency that works to improve federal agency procedures, ACUS held its biannual assembly to discuss and vote on recommendations around issues such as regulatory analysis requirements, midnight rules, and coordination of multi-agency responsibilities.

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  • Letters

    Letter to OMB on Interagency Data Interoperability

    June 11, 2012

    Today, we sent a letter to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget suggesting ways that that federal agencies can use data to work more closely and maximize their efforts on behalf of the American public.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to OIRA on their 2012 Annual Report

    June 11, 2012

    Today we submitted comments in response to OIRA’s annual report to Congress. Among the several specific suggestions is that the employment impacts of regulations be integrated into cost-benefit analysis in a balanced, transparent way. We recommend that OIRA should be careful to avoid any language that reinforces the mistaken belief that regulations inevitably lead to unemployment and that any analysis should do its best to model net employment impact, not just one region or sector.

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  • News

    New York City Energy Data

    June 5, 2012

    Policy Integrity is conducting an empirical analysis of power plant emissions in New York City to evaluate the potential efficacy of various policy tools that can reduce or shift electricity demand. The complete project will quantify the health impacts of reducing pollution from specific local sources, and will try to connect the range of legal options available to shift demand with those pollution-reduction and health-improvement outcomes. Today we are posting information on the data and the STATA code that we will use to conduct the analysis. In the coming months, we will publish the results of our analysis as it becomes available.

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  • News

    DOJ Releases Final PREA Standards

    May 24, 2012

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a final rule to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse in prison facilities, in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). The rule marks the government’s first ever effort to set standards to protect inmates in facilities at the federal, state and local levels.

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  • Letters

    Letter to OIRA on Interagency Coordination

    May 11, 2012

    Policy Integrity submitted a letter to OIRA Administrator Cass Sunstein today with recommendations for how OIRA can improve interagency coordination. The letter focuses on two key areas: (1) concerns about regulatory conflict, and (2) potential for harmonization of cost-benefit analysis methodology.

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  • News

    President Obama Signs New Executive Order

    May 10, 2012

    President Obama signed off today on a new Executive Order aimed at identifying and reducing regulatory burdens. It calls upon agencies to evaluate the effectives of old rules and issue reports on their progress.

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