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Taking a Long-Term View on New Reactor Licenses
Scott Burnell Public Affairs Officer Since 2012, the NRC has licensed 11 new reactors in the United States. The first four of those are under construction, two in Georgia and two in South Carolina. The other seven? Their licenses are ready to go whenever the companies involved choose to start building them, and here’s why. […]
Five Questions With Michael Weber
Michael Weber is the head of the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research How would you briefly describe your role at the NRC? I lead NRC’s scientists, engineers and administrative professionals in confirming safety and security through research on nuclear power plants and uses of nuclear materials, including transportation and disposal. I also help develop […]
OIG Audit Looks at Security for Decommissioning Reactors
Brett M. Baker Assistant Inspector General for Audits An Office of the Inspector General audit of the NRC’s oversight of security at decommissioning reactors is now available here. The audit set out to determine whether NRC’s oversight of security at decommissioning reactors provides for adequate protection of radioactive structures, systems and components. The NRC regulates […]
NRC Inspectors: Free to Inspect
Diane Screnci Senior Public Affairs Officer Region I We often talk about having NRC Resident Inspectors at each commercial nuclear plant acting as the eyes and ears of the agency on site. It’s important to understand how they go about their business. On a daily basis, resident inspectors are attending meetings, walking down equipment, monitoring […]
Principles of Good Regulation: Clarity
Regulations should be coherent, logical, and practical. There should be a clear nexus between regulations and agency goals and objectives whether explicitly or implicitly stated. Agency positions should be readily understood and easily applied. Maureen Conley Public Affairs Officer The NRC has a double challenge when it comes to clarity. We are a regulatory agency […]
The final countdown
This is the last full trading week of the year and in many ways, the most anticipated, given that the US FOMC is widely expected to increase interest rates for the first time since June 2006. It’s not a done deal, with markets pricing in around a 75% probability of a move. There are no major hurdles on the data front likely to impact that between now and Wednesday evening and the focus will fall more onto the message from the accompanying statement. That could have more influence on the way FX
Turning up the volume on hearing care
Chirping birds, babbling brooks, soft rain showers, and children gleefully playing outdoors – these sounds of spring bring us joy, especially after a long winter. But for the millions of Americans who have hearing loss, full enjoyment of these and other everyday sounds can be out of reach. Others might benefit from listening assistance in certain situations, such as in a noisy restaurant or while watching TV. For too many, even participation in a simple conversation can be difficult.
Luckily, today’s consumer has many options to treat hearing loss or to obtain situational listening assistance. As a result of tremendous innovation, hearing aids are smaller and more personalized than ever. Consumers are also seeing innovation in ways to connect them to hearing care, from assessment tools, to ways to integrate their hearing aids with phones and other equipment, to telehealth tools for delivering hearing care. And for consumers who might benefit from listening assistance in particular situations, a wide range of personal sound amplification products are now available.
Unfortunately, even with so many options on the market, it is estimated that more than 60 percent – and perhaps as many as three-quarters – of adults who could benefit from hearing care do not obtain it. Why? Reasons often include price, accessibility, and stigma. And as the population ages and more Americans find themselves in need of hearing assistance, we can expect an even greater discrepancy between the demand for hearing care and access to it, which is reason for concern.
Given the importance of hearing care to so many American consumers, the FTC is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, April 18 to examine these issues, especially as they relate to competition, innovation, and consumer protection. Workshop participants from diverse backgrounds in industry, advocacy, and academia will share their perspectives on a number of important questions, including:
- How are innovations in hearing technology – including hearing aids, personal sound amplification products, and other platforms – changing the competitive landscape?
- What innovations may be on the horizon?
- How are hearing aids commonly distributed to consumers, and to what extent might changes to this delivery model affect the marketplace?
- What is the consumer experience in the hearing marketplace?
- What is the state and federal regulatory framework governing this area, and what factors should regulators consider as they evaluate potential changes to this framework?
The “Now Hear This” workshop will start at 9:00 am, with Acting Chairman Ohlhausen delivering opening remarks. The event will be webcast live from the FTC’s event web page. Additionally, interested parties may submit comments online through May 18, 2017. Check out the detailed workshop agenda for more information on the schedule of presentations and panels. Watch for updates on Twitter @FTC using the hashtag #NowHearThisFTC, including live tweeting on the day of the workshop.
Loveseats, lilies, and licensing: Economic liberty opens doors to opportunity
Should the government spend its time protecting consumers from ugly throw pillows or droopy floral arrangements? Should the government force an African hair-braiding expert to also study makeup application or nail art in order to work? Should a job-seeking military spouse be expected to comply with a whole new set of licensing requirements—and pay a hefty fee—every single time the family relocates to a different state? What is the health or safety justification for requiring a special license just to ship potatoes?
These examples of excessive occupational licensing might seem a bit comical – but for the countless individuals who must comply with needless regulatory barriers, they are no laughing matter. At all levels of government, unnecessary licensing requirements threaten economic liberty, keeping too many people from making a living the way they want to. Moreover, these regulations stifle competition and innovation by preventing newcomers from entering the market, harming consumers through higher prices and fewer choices. And too often, these regulatory barriers are enforced by a group of licensed professionals that have a vested interest in limiting competition.
In the 1950s, fewer than five percent of American jobs required a license. Today, that number is approaching thirty percent – and for no good reason. Yes, for some professions, consumers may lack the expertise or information to evaluate the qualifications of certain service providers (think doctors or school bus drivers). In those narrow situations, licensing may serve legitimate public purposes. In many other occupations, however, licensing only imposes costs and barriers that insulate current service providers from new forms of competition. Most occupations shouldn’t need a permission slip from the government. Instead, we can rely on competition in the marketplace to weed out unqualified service providers, without any credible risk of public harm.
The FTC is more committed than ever to opening doors to opportunity for American workers and consumers. Under my leadership, the FTC has launched an Economic Liberty Task Force to increase awareness of this vexing problem. Our brand-new website marks the beginning of this initiative, which builds on the FTC’s longstanding and successful competition advocacy program. At this important moment for economic liberty, we welcome collaboration with state officials, policymakers, and others who share our goal of eliminating or reducing unnecessary licensing requirements.
I encourage everyone to visit the FTC website, where you can learn about FTC efforts in this area and read studies on this topic from the FTC and elsewhere. Check back often to find out what the Economic Liberty Task Force is up to; we will be announcing new initiatives and events in the near future. Over time, we will grow the website into a dynamic resource that incorporates additional work by the task force and others. You can be a part of this project, please send us your ideas for additional website content and task force projects at EconLibertyTaskForce@ftc.gov. We look forward to hearing from you.
In the meantime, beware of those rogue interior designers who seek to carpet-bomb your living room with ugly throw pillows. I’m sure they are out there somewhere.