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In The Regulators, Washington Post columnist Cindy Skrzycki writes about the federal regulatory process and how it affect the U.S. business community.


Cindy Skrzycki's The Regulators

Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EST

The vision of Mexican 18-wheelers trucking goods across the United States, has, well, run out of gas. Hit the brakes. Broken down.

New Rule Enacted by Bush Administration Impedes Cases Against Nursing Homes

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:00:00 EST

The Bush administration shut off a source of information last fall about abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities that people suing nursing homes consider crucial to their cases.

The Rule Czar's Balancing Act

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 00:00:00 EST

A tough economy and the prospect of Cass Sunstein as regulatory czar may moderate the Obama administration's wholesale elimination of President Bush's last-minute rules and the direction of health and safety policy.

Liquor Groups Push Obama for Alcohol Labels

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 00:00:00 EST

Consumer advocates are toasting the arrival of Timothy Geithner as President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be the new Treasury secretary by urging him to fix -- along with the economy -- labels on alcoholic drinks.

Putting More Proof Into Product Claims

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 00:00:00 EST

Advertisements promising miracle weight loss, full heads of hair and rich investment returns prove the power of marketing and how desperately we don't want to be fat, bald or poor.

For Obama Supporters, Time to Call In Favors

Fri, 28 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST

Whether it's workplace injuries, beer taxes or family leave, it's payback time for Obama supporters in the regulatory arena.

Democrats Eye Bush Midnight Regulations

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST

As President-elect Barack Obama's transition team prepares for the Jan. 20 inauguration, it is tracking the "midnight" regulations being churned out in the final days of the Bush administration.

USDA Trying to Put Loophole in Organic Dairy Rules Out to Pasture

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST

Since you are what you eat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing stricter grazing standards for cows certified to produce organic dairy products, closing loopholes that allowed some operators to cut corners.

Medicare Says 'No' to Bed Sores and Other Hospital Complications

Tue, 21 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Hospitals will no longer get paid for some specific treatment errors, including infections, bed sores and objects left inside patients after surgery, under a new Medicare policy.

Purging Ancient Decrees From the Books Isn't Easy

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EDT

It's been almost a half-century since U.S. Justice Department antitrust regulators and True Temper, one of the world's largest makers of golf club shafts, settled a case in which the company agreed not to fix prices and carve up sales territories.

Sprinklers Now a Must for Nursing Homes

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDT

After decades of partial solutions to fire threats in nursing homes, regulators are finally requiring sprinkler systems for the 2,466 facilities that still don't have them fully installed.

Shifting to a Greener Attitude on Tire Ratings

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDT

As Americans try to squeeze every last mile out of a gallon of gasoline, one regulatory option hasn't been given much of a road test: telling consumers the fuel efficiency of their tires.

Tomato Growers Seeing Red

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDT

While throwing a few rotten tomatoes at U.S. regulators might help ease growers' pain, those involved in the latest salmonella epidemic would prefer cash for their trouble.

Swarming to Arrest Honey Importers

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDT

How's this for the plot of a suspense thriller to take to the beach? Contraband worth millions is shipped through Russia to disguise its origin. Federal agents, tipped by an informant, move in for an arrest. A German executive is apprehended as she is leaving the country.

Reworking the Rest Formula for Safer Skies

Tue, 08 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDT

One of Charles Lindbergh's challenges in flying the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 was keeping his eyes open for 33.5 hours.

Would a Wine Really Taste as Fine by Any Other Name?

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDT

To a group of Napa County, Calif., winegrowers, adding "Tulocay" as a geographic designation to their products' labels had a lot more cachet as a marketing device than the more geographically correct "Coombsville." So they were unhappy when Treasury Department regulators wouldn't let them burnish their bottles with the new moniker.

Stricter Roof Crush Rule Hits a Roadblock

Tue, 17 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

After 35 years, a new federal standard to strengthen vehicle roofs to protect occupants in rollover crashes is supposed to be published July 1.

FAA Says No More 'Polished Frost' on Private Jet Wings

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

U.S. air safety regulators have decided, after almost 50 years, that it's no longer safe for private and cargo aircraft to fly with "polished frost" on their wings.

Bush Wants Sun to Set on Midnight Regulations

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

The Bush administration promises that as it leaves office in January, federal agencies won't make the usual last-minute rush to paper Washington with new regulations.

Corn Prices Rise, Pitting Chickens Against Ethanol

Tue, 13 May 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Taking corn from the mouths of chickens to put into the gas tanks of U.S. cars and trucks is causing feathers to fly in Washington.

Remodelers to Face 'White-Glove' Test on Lead

Tue, 06 May 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Remodeling contractors will have to pass a "white-glove" test under a new U.S. rule to prove their work doesn't stir up dangerous dust and debris from lead paint.

It Rains, It Pours

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

As if U.S. airlines don't have enough to worry about, with rising fuel prices, mergers and bankruptcies, a safety-inspection crackdown and countless disgruntled customers. Now along comes a federal requirement to upgrade the drinking water on planes.

Broadcasters Scramble to Change the Channel on FCC's Community Mandates

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

As U.S. broadcasters gather in Las Vegas this week for an annual meeting, a hot topic is a plan to make them do more to serve communities, from creating citizen advisory panels to sharing radio playlists with the government.

It's Not a Backroom Deal If the Call Is Made in the Oval Office

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

It isn't often in Washington that a paper trail on a controversial regulatory decision leads back to the White House quite so publicly.

Grocers Sour on Proposed Packaging Rule for Grapes

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Just how many "shattered berries" -- or loose grapes -- should be allowed in the bag you pick up at the grocery store?

Sugar Plant Blast Puts Heat on OSHA's Rulemaking

Tue, 18 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Sometimes a safety issue literally blows up in the face of U.S. regulators. That was the case last month when an explosion and fire at an Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga., likely caused by the ignition of sugar dust, killed 13 workers and seriously burned 10 others.

Top 10 Rules the SBA Doesn't Like

Tue, 11 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Clarifying what "oil" is, updating mine standards for handling explosives, allowing more recycling of electroplating sludge. While these topics aren't exactly grist for David Letterman, you will find them in a "Top 10" list -- the rule changes U.S. small-business owners most want during the Bush administration's last year in office.

Internet Gaming Rules Face Long Odds

Tue, 04 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EST

It's not easy making rules for a U.S. law intended to deter illegal Internet gambling by choking off the flow of funds to offshore sites. That's because no one seems to agree on what the law covers.

Leave Rules May Tighten

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:00:00 EST

Employers would get more authority to check on the reasons workers give for excused absences, under proposed changes to the U.S. family and medical leave regulations, a rule-tightening sure to trigger a political firestorm.

A Great Debate Over the Price Of a Pair of Honduran Socks

Tue, 05 Feb 2008 00:00:00 EST

The humble cotton sock has become the center of an international trade dispute.

Trucker Training Proposal Pulls in Late

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Bush administration wants new truck drivers for the first time to complete a behind-the-wheel and classroom course before they are licensed to roll on interstate highways.

Alcohol Labeling Proposal Sets Off a Brawl

Tue, 22 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

After more than 30 years of deliberation, federal regulators have proposed requiring the alcoholic-beverage industry to put nutrition and alcohol-content labels on their containers, setting off the equivalent of a barroom brawl among makers of beer, wine and liquor.

Nuclear Safety Rule Ignites Strong Reactions

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

Federal regulators' narrow approach to solving one of the United States' biggest post-Sept. 11 fears -- a terrorist flying a plane into a nuclear power plant -- is under attack for adding to public safety concerns.

At Year-End, an Agency Finds Harmony

Tue, 25 Dec 2007 00:00:00 EST

The Singing Regulators probably won't get their own network television reality show. Still, about a dozen staff members at the Federal Communications Commission have developed a growing audience for their annual telecom-themed Christmas carols.

1,700 Pages of Rules, Fewer Dead Trees

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 00:00:00 EST

For U.S. rule-watchers who live in the digital world, the new searchable online version of the Bush administration's semi-annual regulatory agenda is an early holiday gift. For those who like to scoff at 1,500-page lists of documents, it's cause for Scrooge-like complaints.

In a Pickle Over Self-Regulation for Produce Growers

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 00:00:00 EST

Large handlers of leafy green vegetables, still recovering from last year's E. coli bacteria-induced recalls of packaged spinach, want U.S. permission to self-regulate the safety of your tossed salad.

Hazardous or Not, Vinyl Shares Lead's Taint

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 00:00:00 EST

Just as consumers have crossed off their holiday shopping lists toys tainted with lead paint, another child-safety issue may become a season spoiler.

A Renewed Battle Over Heavy Lifting

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

Construction companies, which won an exemption from a Clinton administration rule intended to protect workers from heavy lifting and other repetitive-motion injuries, are trying to kill off a new voluntary industry standard.

More Change for the Penny?

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

In Washington, a city known for multibillion-dollar budget deficits, some members of Congress and the Bush administration are near a meltdown over a much more modest figure: the old copper penny.

Crying Foul in Debate Over 'Natural' Chicken

Tue, 06 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

Pumped up saltwater chickens are on the regulatory menu in Washington as advocates for "natural" food demand labels that reflect what the product actually contains.