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New steps pursue vital remedies

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By John Bartlit

A good idea is a precious seed. Yet a good idea is useless without more good ideas for spreading it where it can grow.
Regulatory engineering is a good idea that showed up here in 2011. Six or eight subsequent columns added weight to the idea.
Today I report on how the concept is being taken to places that can use it.
“Regulatory engineering” – my term – is applying a familiar discipline to the regulatory field. Graduates in the speciality would engineer systems and tools that make regulating cheaper, faster and better. In a word, the aim is efficiency.
Engineers increase the efficiency of everything they work on, from mines to automobiles to computer systems, all of which are constantly improved.
The same commitment is needed in regulatory systems.
Better methods and new tools abound when the focus goes beyond “strict rules vs. lax rules.” That polemic is just one element among many parts in an overall system that was designed piecemeal, and shows the disconnects.
The public forum debates symptoms, but neglects the remedies used for such ills. Problems do not always originate where they surface. Indeed, a systems analysis often finds they do not.
Regulatory engineers are the means to efficient system designs.
The concept has found some good ground for ideas.


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