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Title: Trial by Fire? Rulewriters, Training, the BLM, and EPA

Abstract

Individual bureaucrats are ultimately tasked with solving complex problems and are expected to do so cost-effectively. The purpose of this paper is to examine an infrequent perspective of administrative rulemaking - training. Simply put, our goal is to examine original interview data with federal rulewriters in two agencies - the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Land Management to understand how bureaucrats are trained to carry out rules. This exploratory study suggests the importance of training for the next generation of rulewriters. In particular, we demonstrate existing informal training can be effective, but more mechanisms (e.g. formal training and mentoring) is necessary.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. University of Montana
  2. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1562873
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-6A20-74864
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Practice
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 3
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; rulemaking; training; EPA; regulatory policy; BLM

Citation Formats

Rinfret, Sara, and Cook, Jeffrey J. Trial by Fire? Rulewriters, Training, the BLM, and EPA. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1080/14660466.2019.1656480.
Rinfret, Sara, & Cook, Jeffrey J. Trial by Fire? Rulewriters, Training, the BLM, and EPA. United States. doi:10.1080/14660466.2019.1656480.
Rinfret, Sara, and Cook, Jeffrey J. Tue . "Trial by Fire? Rulewriters, Training, the BLM, and EPA". United States. doi:10.1080/14660466.2019.1656480.
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title = {Trial by Fire? Rulewriters, Training, the BLM, and EPA},
author = {Rinfret, Sara and Cook, Jeffrey J},
abstractNote = {Individual bureaucrats are ultimately tasked with solving complex problems and are expected to do so cost-effectively. The purpose of this paper is to examine an infrequent perspective of administrative rulemaking - training. Simply put, our goal is to examine original interview data with federal rulewriters in two agencies - the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Land Management to understand how bureaucrats are trained to carry out rules. This exploratory study suggests the importance of training for the next generation of rulewriters. In particular, we demonstrate existing informal training can be effective, but more mechanisms (e.g. formal training and mentoring) is necessary.},
doi = {10.1080/14660466.2019.1656480},
journal = {Environmental Practice},
number = 3,
volume = 21,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {8}
}