The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, a Utah woman pleads guilty to portraying a doctor, a Kaysville chiropractor meets more sexual abuse charges, and a state looks to newly regulate naturopathy.
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The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. New Jersey implements licensing for police officers, the Law Society of Ontario notifies candidates of cheating investigation, and more in our Week in Brief.
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.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Washington reports vulnerabilities after a cyberattack, New Mexico moves to ease professional licensing restrictions, and Kansas threaders see licensing barriers removed.
Having impartial and transparent disciplinary processes in place is essential to ensure that the public trusts regulators to hold licensees accountable and uphold high professional standards. But how do regulators respond when a licensee faces allegations of misconduct? Natasha Giuffre, Thentia Cloud’s Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, and a former discipline counsel for the Law Society of Ontario, walks us through the process.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Wisconsin tackles licensing delays, Australia launches an apprenticeship program, and MHA members testify in Michigan.
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.
What exactly defines regulatory excellence? And how can regulators achieve it? In 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) enlisted the help of experts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) to answer these questions. In this article, we break down the key findings of the PPR team’s final report, which provides a general framework that any regulator can use to chart their own path towards achieving regulatory excellence.
With the pervasiveness of social engineering attacks and other cyberthreats, occupational licensing bodies must implement preventive measures to make sure sensitive information is kept safe. Here we look at some different cyberthreats as well as basic controls regulators can use to curb them.
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.
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.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Oklahoma eliminates licensing barriers for people with criminal records, Louisiana Senate approves universal licensure recognition bill, and more in our latest Week in Brief.
As we have seen in many industries, AI carries enormous potential. But can it carry over to the world of regulation? Anna van der Gaag's work has taken her deep into the intersection of technology and regulation. In this article, she explores exciting research findings on AI in a regulatory context and shares some encouraging signs.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Ontario legal regulator sues exam prep company over leaked bar examination questions, occupational licensing reform bills become law in Missouri and Louisiana, and more in this week’s look at regulatory news.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Biden announces community development board appointees, Montana schools face labor shortages, Idaho licensing department gets a report about funeral home bodies, and more.
In a world where the private sector has automated most sign-up processes for consumers, regulators too must explore the applications of automation in their day-to-day work. How can occupational licensing bodies use automation to cut costs, save time, and make life easier for citizens and professionals alike?
Few regulatory leaders have left their mark on regulation like Harry Cayton. He’s sought-after the world round for his analysis, insight, and recommendations on regulatory practices. In this Ascend Radio podcast, Cayton discusses topics ranging fairness, equality, diversity, the regulatory challenges of the pandemic, and moral duty in the context of regulation.

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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.

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