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Stages of Rule Making: Congressional Oversight & Enforcement

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Instructor: Jennifer Lombardo
Federal regulatory agencies are the creators behind the regulations of a congressional law. In this lesson, you will learn the stages of rule making and how Congress oversees the final dispersal of the regulation.

Rule Making

Did you know that there is new federal regulation that dictates the water efficiency of urinals? And recently federal agents raided an Amish farm in the morning because they sold raw milk against federal regulations. Have you ever wondered where regulations come from? How do federal agencies such as the EPA, OSHA and CPSC get their power?

In this lesson, you will learn about Congress's role in the rule making process, the different stages and how regulations are enforced once made into a rule. Rule making is a process that the government uses to create regulations. Regulations are issued during the year and consist of a specific statement by an agency that has the force of the law behind it. Let's take a look at how a regulation is formed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or the FDA.

Rule Making Process

The process contains multiple steps that will lead to a federal agency publishing the final regulation in the Federal Register. Most regulation rule making begins with a congressional law. Congressional oversight, which is part of the process of enforcing a regulation, is the reviewing, monitoring and supervision of federal agencies and policies. Here are the steps:

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