May 9 : March 18 : February
May 9, 2002
- On May 8, C. Boyden Gray delivered an address discussing U.S.
energy security and its relationship to U.S. environmental policy.
Please click HERE
to read the text of his address (pdf format).
March 18, 2002
- Here are some links addressing the Enron situation and electricity
February 13, 2002
- FDA Reform Working Group formed. The Federalist Society
Administrative Law Committee has formed an FDA Reform Working
Group. The group is working on a white paper on preemption and
will address current reform topics.
Anyone interested in joining or with reform topics should contact
Bill Waller at:
Venable, Baetjer, Howard & Civiletti, LLP
1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005-3917
(202) 513-4652 (direct)
(202) 962-4800 (general)
(202) 962-8300 (fax)
- Regulatory reform at HHS/FDA. The Department of Health
and Human Services ("HHS") recently formed an Advisory
Committee on Regulatory Reform. The Committee will make recommendations
to the Secretary about potential regulatory changes to reduce
the burden of HHS (including FDA) regulations. At its first meeting,
January 7-8, the Committee indicated that it may wade into the
legislative arena despite HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson's emphasis
on regulatory changes that could be made quickly through administrative
actions. The Committee asked FDA drug center director Janet Woodcock,
currently on a bioterrorism detail at the agency-level, to present
a case history of Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). At this
first meeting, Bob Britain, president of the National Electrical
Manufacturers Association (NEMA), explained how third-party inspection
called for in a House bill recently introduced by Reps. Jim Greenwood
(R-PA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) could work. He said NEMA backs this
type of inspection system.
The committee also likely will work to coordinate reviews among
agencies so that agencies work in tandem instead of serially.
This will shorten reviews, saving industries' money and speeding
products to patients and consumers. The Committee is scheduled
to hold meetings throughout the country over the next year and
issue a final report to the Secretary in October 2002. For more
information visit the Committee's website at http://www.regreform.hhs.gov.