Geometric Cloud Burst
It's been over a year since President Biden signed his executive order on competition, which specifically called for the loosening of “unfair occupational licensing restrictions.” We checked in on recent developments and looked at what might lie ahead.

What is the meaning of regulation? Why does it exist? Who does it affect, and how? We look at the broader issues surrounding regulation and licensing.

It's been over a year since President Biden signed his executive order on competition, which specifically called for the loosening of “unfair occupational licensing restrictions.” We checked in on recent developments and looked at what might lie ahead.
How can people with different roles in the regulatory process harness the power of data virtualization to help with their daily work? We look at this and more in our latest Ascend article.
Fifteen years after the introduction of licensing for paralegals, Ontario still faces a troubling access to justice problem, and this is especially being felt in family law, where paralegals can’t currently provide services. The Law Society of Ontario is pursuing the implementation of a Family Legal Services Provider License for paralegals to help increase access to justice, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. In this article, we take a deeper look at this important issue.
How do regulators balance the need for rigid, universally applied constants with the demands of a dynamic, ever-changing world? Regulatory expert Harry Cayton looks at this and more in our latest Voices article.
States are increasingly turning to interstate compacts as a way to help workers in licensed professions practice in multiple states while ensuring that the standards in place to protect the public are upheld. We take a look at different types of occupational licensure compacts and how they make licensing more efficient.
What do data analytics in action look like? In our latest Ascend article, we take a look at an example of analytics used at the federal level as well as a set of considerations local governments can take when tackling analytics projects of their own.
Despite few signs of bipartisanship nationwide, at the state level, there have been a number of instances of cross-party support, particularly when it comes to licensing reform.
In 2019, researchers at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University launched the State RegData project to gain a better understanding of the reach of state-level regulation in the United States. We take a look at what they found.
Multijurisdictional practice has been a subject of debate for licensed professionals in nursing as far back as 1995. One answer to the limitations of single-state licensure in the U.S. has been the development of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). But how did this all start? And how has COVID-19 impacted the progress of multijurisdictional practice throughout the nation?
When some states started regulating marijuana licensure, they might not have anticipated the towering task before them. We examine some of the factors surrounding marijuana licensure that create challenges for both applicants and regulatory agencies.
Government leaders often find themselves analyzing data from multiple discrete sources in their everyday work. In the past, physically integrating this data has proven to be a costly and time-consuming process. Thanks to data virtualization, however, regulators can now access data from many different sources without relocating any of it. Here we look at the basics of data integration as well as different ways governments have adopted the technology.
Advocates of universal license recognition say that it can alleviate labor shortages and help skilled workers start practicing faster. But opponents argue that taking a "one-size-fits-all" approach can dilute or eliminate licensing requirements that exist to protect the public. We take a deeper look at the policy and its implementation.
Machine learning (ML), a subset of artificial intelligence (AI), involves training algorithms with data to the point where they improve themselves independently over time. How can government leaders make use of this technology to further the public interest? Where has ML succeeded in the public sector over the past 20 years?
Credentials are among the most sought-after pieces of data by malicious actors in the cybersecurity space. With the right set of passwords, a cybercriminal can breach many systems, accessing a treasure trove of other, more sensitive information. Here we break down the basics of credential security as well as measures regulators can take to safeguard electronic information.
While there are a wide range of approaches to regulation, broadly speaking, three common approaches prevail – rules-based (prescriptive), goals-based, and management-based regulation. In this article, we break down these three common approaches and take a look at their benefits and challenges.


A brief history of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)


Regulatory Licensing


Ascend Magazine lives at the nexus of regulation, licensing, public policy, and digital government. We share news, insight, and exclusive commentary from leaders in regulation and technology.