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Proof in the pudding? Trump's deregulation efforts by the numbers

Joe Mont | July 26, 2017

The periodic rulemaking agendas issued by federal regulators are typically ineffective omens of watch for in the months ahead. This year is different.

Past issuances often seemed little more than an exercise in paperwork, subject to inevitable reordering. This year, with the Trump Administration’s miserly approach to new regulations, the filings take on the important role of a weathervane of sorts and an indication of the how successful the President’s strategy is thus far.

If we can take the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs’ Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions at face value, what remains of the Dodd-Frank Act is in trouble. The tally of upcoming rulemaking by the Securities and Exchange Commission makes clear that rules regarding Pay-for-performance, universal proxy access, and incentive compensation clawbacks are low priorities.

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