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REBOOTING THE RULEBOOK

Argive's mission is to power a transparent rule making process that is accountable and accessible to all. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we work with government to supply free technical resources that make it easy to manage regulations, visualize their impacts, and communicate with citizens on important policy decisions. 

Background

Regulations are specific rules and instructions created with the intention of protecting our health, safety, and environment. They touch almost every part of our lives, governing the ingredients in our toothpaste to the places we park our cars.

Since our country's founding, the scope of federal regulations has expanded from a few humble rules to 175,000 densely-packed pages of eye-watering legalese. If you were to read the entire Code of Federal Regulations, it would take three years of full-time work - and that’s before you tackled state and local regulations!

The CFR has grown to contain many overlapping, conflicting, and just plain confusing rules. Even more concerning, the vast majority of rules are never evaluated for effectiveness. This is partially due to critical gaps in data collection. When policymakers issue new regulations, they rarely include specific ways to measure their effectiveness. The lack of data makes it impossible to determine whether or not rules are achieving their intended goals. 

As the number and complexity of regulations continues to rise, small business owners have little recourse for communicating the impact of these rules. Outdated government websites and mechanisms for public comment are not designed to collect and organize feedback for easy review. Broken lines of communication and poor data on regulatory costs make regulatory reform a daunting and difficult task. 

Momentum for Change

As a mounting body of research indicates that over-regulation may have adverse effects on U.S. economic and social well-being, U.S. policymakers are pursuing a regulatory review agenda to identify rules that could be updated or repealed. In 2017, Executive Orders required federal agencies to conduct retrospective review of rules and invite citizens to participate in the process, too. Similar state-based initiatives in Missouri, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Illinois are also underway. 

Historically, executive and legislative actions to inspire regulatory accountability have been largely unsuccessful due to a critical lack in guidance and consistent process for managing regulations. However, more recent initiatives have potential to make lasting change if they are able to successfully leverage a systematic framework for managing regulations that is accessible and transparent to the public. 

Argive offers a dynamic data solution that organizes and structures regulations for easy review. With Argive, administrators can assign values to regulation, collect public feedback, and track the status of new and old rules. Our metric-driven process for tracking regulations supports transparent and effective rule making.

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