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As Americans have become both disheartened at the performance of their governments and conscious of their penetration into what were once private lives, regulatory reform has been urged with increasing fervor at both federal and state levels. Some of the reform talk is lawyer's talk, some of it is directed to the most fundamental aspects of the government order, and there is a good bit in between. My purpose here is to examine a number of the directions being suggested at the federal level for regulatory reform during the coming decade. While it would be helpful also to consider state initiatives many important measures, like sunset legislation, have originated in the states' – our time is limited, and my own experience is almost wholly federal. So I offer you some thoughts about federal regulatory reform – thoughts informed by a time in government service, the opportunity for academic reflection and the good fortune to be in a position to observe the bar's efforts in this respect.


Administrative Law | Law