Regulatory Trends under the Obama Administration – Year One

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During its first year in office, the Obama Administration has moved aggressively to adopt new regulatory initiatives and to enforce existing laws and rules. The level of activity will increase in 2010, as more Administration officials are confirmed to the sub-Cabinet posts that are directly responsible for rule writing and enforcement efforts. In addition, a new wave of regulations will be issued in the health care field over the next few years, now that comprehensive legislation has been passed. A similar level of activity can be anticipated in the financial services and energy and environmental areas, once Congress has taken action in these fields.

This White Paper discusses the Obama Administration’s regulatory and enforcement efforts in some of the most significant policy areas. As has been true for all Presidents since the mid-1970s, the related environmental and energy policy areas present the most significant issues that the Obama Administration must face.

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