Regulatory Report Card

The Mercatus Center's Regulatory Report Card is an in depth evaluation of the quality of regulatory analysis agencies conduct for major executive branch regulations. The Report Card evaluates agencies' economic analyses, known as Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs), which have been required for all major regulations since the early 1980s. The purpose of these RIAs is to identify the problem the agency wishes to solve, to consider alternative solutions, and to evaluate the costs and benefits of these alternatives.

The Report Card consists of a series of criteria that assess the quality and use of regulatory impact analysis. Each criterion receives a score from 0-5 points. The current version of the Report Card contains six criteria, for a maximum possible score of 30 points. To provide the reader with a more intuitive presentation, we also express the scores as percentages on the web site.

NOTE: After 2012, in response to feedback received from readers and presentation audiences, we streamlined the scoring system and rearranged some of the evaluation questions to create a more intuitive scoring system. For more information on the scoring systems, visit our Report Card methodology page.

From calendar year 2010 to date, the Regulatory Report Card does not include budget or transfer regulations that define how the government will spend or collect money.

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Regulations

 
Regulation Overview
Mercatus Analysis

Department of Health and Human Services

Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food against Intentional Adulteration

Rule Publication Date: 
December 24, 2013
Comment Period Closing Date: 
June 30, 2014

Department of Health and Human Services

Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals

Rule Publication Date: 
October 29, 2013
Comment Period Closing Date: 
March 31, 2014

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board

Passenger Vessels Accessibility Guidelines

Rule Publication Date: 
June 25, 2013
Comment Period Closing Date: 
January 24, 2014

Department of Energy

Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnace Fans

Rule Publication Date: 
October 15, 2013
Comment Period Closing Date: 
December 24, 2013

Department of Health and Human Services

Permanent Discontinuance or Interruption in Manufacturing of Certain Drug or Biological Products

Rule Publication Date: 
November 04, 2013
Comment Period Closing Date: 
January 03, 2014

Department of Health and Human Services

Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications

Rule Publication Date: 
July 29, 2013
Comment Period Closing Date: 
January 27, 2014

Department of Labor

Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

Rule Publication Date: 
September 12, 2014
Comment Period Closing Date: 
December 11, 2013

Department of Energy

Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

Rule Publication Date: 
September 11, 2013
Comment Period Closing Date: 
November 12, 2013

Department of Energy

Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-In Coolers and Freezers

Rule Publication Date: 
September 11, 2013
Comment Period Closing Date: 
November 12, 2013

Department of Health and Human Services

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs For Importers of Food for Humans and Animals

Rule Publication Date: 
July 29, 2013
Comment Period Closing Date: 
November 26, 2013

Learn More About the Regulatory Report Card

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