Regulatory Reduction and Benefit-Cost Analysis

In between terrorizing our allies at home and abroad, the new president has signed an executive order aiming for regulatory reform. Here’s the important part: Sec. 2. Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017. (a) Unless prohibited by law, whenever an executive department or agency (agency) publicly proposes for notice and comment or otherwise promulgates a new regulation, it shall identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed. Now, this is completely inoperable in practice since the definition of regulation is so loosey-goosey as to be useless. But, hey, let’s try to analyze it anyway. This rule supplements Executive Order

The Howard County Schools Are Very Sick

In a statement of blistering stupidity, Leslie Stellman claims the proposed school budget review committee violates state law. From the article, Stellman reportedly told the Board of Education, The county’s fiscal authority through an agency such as this creation would erode your immunity as a state agency. This is obviously incorrect, since the the County Council is responsible for approving the budget of the school system, per Maryland Education Article § 5-102. The Board of Education has no immunity as a state agency to begin with, as sole fiscal responsibility for the school system lies with the Howard County Council.

My Robot, or Announcing DC Closings

I always know when it’s about to snow. I get a lot of new Twitter followers. Well, not really. Another account I have, @opmdcstatus gets new followers. OPM DC Status (@opmdcstatus) | Twitter The latest Tweets from OPM DC Status (@opmdcstatus). OPM’s DC operating status. Not affiliated with OPM because, frankly, they are not this useful. By @howardjp. Washington, DC A long time ago, way back in 2011, the Office of Personnel Management only offered email broadcast of closings. I worked for the Fed, which followed OPM guidance on closings at the time, but the broadcast announcements would sometimes be

On Teaching Public Finance

On Monday, I started another semester teaching at the University of Baltimore. This semester, I am teaching PUAD 701 Public Administration and Public Finance, a three-credit graduate course in the Master of Public Administration program. I have about 20 students signed up, and around 80 percent come out of the MPA program. The balance comes from the Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship program, jointly offered by the College of Public Affairs and the Merrick School of Business. The course is part of a three-course sequence, including PUAD 622 and 702, that provide the core of the budgeting and fiscal administration

After the Mission, Vision, and Values

This is part of a series on strategic planning focusing on the mission, vision, and values. For the rest of the series, please see: Part 1: Mission, Vision, and Values Part 2: The Mission Statement Part 3: The Vision Statement Part 4: The Values Statement Over the last week, I’ve outlined the differences among the mission, vision, and values statements in strategic planning. While difficult and time consuming, this is only the beginning of strategic planning. I only intended to cover those three pieces, but I do want to give a shout out to setting goals and objectives, the next