Many areas of government agency activities are characterized by fragmented and overlapping delegations of power to administrative agencies. Congress often assigns more than one agency the same or similar functions or divides responsibilities among multiple agencies, giving each responsibility for part of a larger whole. Instances of overlap and fragmentation are common. They can be found throughout the...
Improving Coordination of Related Agency Responsibilities
Project Stages:1. Gather ideas - Completed
2. Select ideas - Completed
3. Council approval - Completed
4. Picking a researcher - Completed
5. Committee consideration - Completed
6. Back to the council - Completed
7. Consideration by the full conference - Completed
8. Implementation - Current
The recent joint rulemaking between EPA and NHTSA on greenhouse gas emissions/auto fuel economy has shown the potential for joint rulemaking among agencies with overlapping regulatory responsibilities. But it has also produced logistical and legal challenges. Joint rulemaking is one of many tools that Congress, the President and the agencies have to manage regulatory coordination effectively. See, for example, memoranda of understanding, interagency working groups, consultation requirements, etc. This project is studying agency experience with joint rulemaking and other mechanisms for collaboration and coordination in areas of overlapping and fragmented delegations of agency responsibilities. To make clear that the scope of the project is not limited to areas of redundancy or literal duplication of authority, the term “shared regulatory space” has been used in the report to the Conference. This term encompasses situations in which agencies share closely related responsibilities for different aspects of a larger regulatory, programmatic or management enterprise. The aim of the project is to identify lessons learned and best practices for collaboration and coordination among regulatory agencies.