Regulation must work for society and its best interests

In our Government 2.0 model for public service, at the federal level, regulation comes from a single source – the National Regulatory Service, within the Office of Regulation. It is the central, consolidated repository for all federal regulation as a one-stop shop, which makes it easier to research what regulation says and comply with its provisions.

Today, there are thousands of individual bureaucracies at the federal level that can pass regulation into the Federal Register. Many of these rules are highly complex, convoluted and opaque - which can make legal compliance nightmarish and extremely expensive, translating to sky-high legal expenses for American businesses both large and small.

The Alliance Party believes that regulation of an advanced society is critically important, but it also believes that complying with regulation should be as easy, painless and inexpensive as possible. The National Regulatory Service is intended to achieve this goal, and here's how it works.

Rather than individual bureaucracies passing their own rules, under our model, they would instead propose rules written in a universally standardized format to the National Regulatory Service, which would in turn review them to ensure clarity, fairness and compliance with existing law. The National Regulatory Service would then have public hearings to gauge the effect of regulations, and allow consumers, businesses and advocacy groups to make their opinions known in a transparent forum.

After all hearings are concluded, if regulations are approved they would be granted the force of law and each service would have the authority to enforce them as necessary – which if warranting of criminal or civil litigation, would be handled exclusively by the Department of Justice. Every active regulation in the federal government would be published in a public online database with tiered categorization structures and advanced search capabilities, making research and compliance dramatically easier than it is today.

Should any regulations be challenged or considered outdated over time, the service that proposed these regulations would have to defend their validity and could ultimately be overruled by the National Regulatory Service, Congress or the President at any time. In doing this, it's notable that in our model the National Regulatory Service’s function is not to micro-manage or obstruct regulation passed by government services whatsoever. Rather, its purpose is to act as a function of review, working to ensure that regulations are clearly written, not overly broad in scope and not working against the public or national interest because at its core regulation must serve the national interest.

By making the National Regulatory Service the lone source of regulation at the federal level, it standardizes our regulatory framework. It provides a singular source where regulations of any kind can be found definitively, making due diligence straightforward and removing the immense financial burden surrounding it today. This prevents conflicts of interest as it doesn’t allow public services to write their own regulations to suit their own agendas (see: the DEA and marijuana). Moreover, as all regulation would be centralized, it would be easier to identify and change overly complex or poorly written regulation or protest it if it’s unnecessarily burdensome, ensuring that regulation is working for the best interests of our society.

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