The Federalist Society recently announced the creation of its new Regulatory Transparency Project, an initiative that seeks to "identify excesses of the administrative state and to foster a nationwide conversation about the harms of regulatory overreach."

The project consists of twelve working groups of the nation's leading scholars, professors, lawyers, and professionals who are dedicated to analyzing how over-regulating stifles innovation, impedes individual opportunity, and harm the groups of people they were designed to help.

“We sought the best and brightest law and policy minds to look at when the unintended consequences of regulation can discourage innovators from creating, which is ultimately bad for the economy and consumers,” Eugene Meyer, President of the Federalist Society said. “Administrative agencies have become layered with regulations, and we examine how government might unlock the potential of our economy by honestly evaluating what is working and what is not.”

The project will also investigate how the design of regulations can be improved.

“In a complex and interconnected world, government must issue regulations for public health and safety but despite the best of intentions government regulations can fail.” Devon Westhill, Director of the Regulatory Transparency Project said. “Ultimately, our goal is to foster a national discussion about where government regulation seems to be doing more harm than good.”

The groups include experts examining regulations in the following regulatory areas: Antitrust & Consumer Protection, Cyber & Privacy, Energy & Environment, Enforcement & Agency Coercion, FDA & Healthcare, Financial Services & Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, Emerging Technology, Labor & Employment, Race & Sex, Regulatory Process, and State & Local.

More information about the project can be found at

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Government can only be held to be accountable with this type of initiative, since the government has no desire or interest in doing it, for the obvious reason governments have builtin to their existence.


This is good to hear about. It is one area that needs to be re-polished, if you will, since every politician uses the term "Transparency" as a throwaway item, nowadays. during the last eight or so years just that word seemed to be used daily.