A Process for Cleaning Up Federal Regulations: Insights from BRAC and the Dutch Administrative Burden Reduction Programme
by Joshua Hall, Michael Williams
January 03, 2013
This paper suggests a process to identify, evaluate, and eliminate inefficient regulations. Employing lessons from two successful government reform programs—the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program in the United States and the Administrative Burden Reduction Programme in the Netherlands—the proposed framework would identify the regulatory costs associated with a historical piece of legislation and create a target for reduction in regulatory costs. An independent commission would then evaluate the benefits associated with each regulation and the package of regulations as a whole before sending it for congressional and presidential approval.