January 27, 2020
The lurking red tape problem
AAF’s Senior Regulatory Policy Analyst wrote an op-ed in The Hill explaining why the paperwork burden is increasing despite the administration’s deregulatory efforts. The costs of this burden increase is high enough to wipe out any savings the administration has achieved through its deregulatory agenda, but both the administration and Congress can make reforms to reduce the paperwork burden.
The kicker is that the cost of this new paperwork burden essentially wipes out the estimated regulatory savings that the administration has worked toward. So how, under a president so devoted to deregulation, could this have happened? Long story short, creating or cutting paperwork involves a very different process than the overall rulemaking procedures, one that, in absence of similar political prioritization, has mostly run on autopilot.